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CONTENTS Europe Itineraries................................................................10 Great Britain........................................................................20 Scotland & Wales................................................................36 Ireland..................................................................................38 France...................................................................................42 Italy......................................................................................56 Spain....................................................................................72 Portugal...............................................................................76 Greece..................................................................................79 Belgium & The Netherlands...............................................83 Switzerland.........................................................................85 Germany & Austria.............................................................87 Czech Republic, Poland & Croatia......................................89 Denmark, Sweden & Iceland..............................................92 General Conditions.............................................................95
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EUROPE MAKE YOUR WAY AROUND EUROPE – AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN KNOW YOUR DESTINATION European countries welcome almost a half-billion international visitors per year – it’s the most popular destination for Americans traveling overseas – and there’s no mystery why. The continent is filled with amazing architecture, outdoor adventures, stimulating culture, unparalleled cuisine and shopping, compelling museums, religious and historical sites, stately palaces and castles, colorful festivals, and breathtaking landscapes. Not only that, it’s easier than ever to visit Europe, thanks to: • • •
an open borders policy efficient travel infrastructure adoption of a common currency by almost all the individual countries
You can have a leisurely breakfast in London, take a train through the Chunnel, and do some afternoon shopping in Paris. Or float on a barge along rivers and canals from Switzerland to The Netherlands, and get a different perspective on the castles, vineyards, and windmills that line the shores. Your options are many – and all enjoyable.
GETTING AROUND Border Crossings There are virtually no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented the Schengen Agreement, except under special circumstances. A visa granted for any Schengen Agreement signatory country is valid in all other countries that signed and implemented the treaty. Please note, not all EU members have signed the Schengen treaty, and not all Schengen treaty countries are members of the European Union.
speed trains, and the number of seats for railpass holders may be limited.
Dozens of budget airlines allow for very inexpensive travel around Europe, often much cheaper than the train or even bus fares for the same journey; indeed you can make hops just about anywhere on the continent for way under $100 a flight.
Low-cost airlines such as Norwegian, Ryanair, and EasyJet typically fly to smaller cities or secondary airports, so if you’re flexible and willing to consider these as your destination, you can save a lot of money. Also, low-cost carriers usually offer only one passenger class and often have no assigned seating. Following competition from discount airlines, traditional carriers such as British Airways have also cut their fares on competing routes, and are often only about 20% more expensive than discount airlines, a price worth paying if the journey to the airport is cheaper and faster.
Rail Europe has one of the best train systems in the entire world – fast, efficient, and cost-competitive with flying. Highspeed trains like the French TGV, German ICE, Spanish AVE, and cross-border Eurostar and Thalys services speed along at up to 200 mph, and are often faster than air travel. Best of all is the diverse scenery you’ll see as you travel between destinations – chugging alongside the snow-capped Alps in Switzerland or gazing out at Tuscany’s rolling hills. There are good discounts available if you book in advance or take advantage of various deals. In particular, Rail Europe passes offer good value if you plan on traveling extensively and want more flexibility than airlines can offer. It may be necessary to make reservations for high
The ease of driving on the continent varies, and as a general rule, east and west of the old Iron Curtain are two different worlds. Western European countries for the most part have good road conditions and extensive and well developed highway networks, whereas Eastern European countries are still working hard on the great backlog left behind from communist days.
IN-TOWN Transit At least 50 European cities have extensive and efficient subway or light-rail systems in above- and/or below-ground configurations, including London, Vienna, Brussels, Prague, Copenhagen, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Munich, Athens, Budapest, Rome, Milan, Oslo, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Stockholm, Lausanne, Istanbul, and Glasgow. In addition, approximately 80 cities offer convenient suburban/ commuter rail systems.
Bus Hundreds of European cities have public bus, tram, or trolley systems, from the largest cities such as London and Paris, to smaller destinations like Cannes, France, and Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Taxi Perhaps the most ubiquitous public transportation option in the world, taxi service is available in virtually every city and town (except perhaps the tiniest and most remote villages) across the continent.
Norwegian Sea Reykjavik
North Atlantic Ocean
SWEDEN Baltic Sea
St. Petersburg Stockholm
Newcastle York Leeds
Birmingham Cardiff Oxford London
Haarlem Amsterdam The Hague
GERMANY Ghent Antwerp Dresden BELGIUM Dusseldorf Rouen LUX. Cologne Frankfurt Prague Paris CZECH Heidelberg Tours REPUBLIC Stuttgart Dijon Vienna Munich FRANCE Salzburg Zurich Limoges Bern Lucerne Innsbruck Brussels Bruges
Monaco Nice Marseille Cannes
Bucharest Black Sea
Florence Pisa Anacona
St. Andrews Edinburgh North Sea
MOROCCO Mediterranean Sea
Big Ben and Whitehall from Trafalgar Square
8 Days / 7 Nights • LONDON • EDINBURGH Day 1: London
Day 5: London – Edinburgh
Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. Discover England’s capital city on a hop-on/hop-off tour of top attractions. Daily tours depart every 15-20 minutes, stopping at over 90 spots around the city. Professional commentary, a complimentary river cruise, and three free walking tours are included.
Transfer to airport for your flight to Edinburgh. Transfer to your hotel. Join a hop-on/hop-off tour aboard an open-top double decker bus and discover all that lively, cosmopolitan Edinburgh has to offer. Admire the city’s vast collection of medieval and Georgian architecture, discover Old Town and New Town, as well as the Grassmarket, Castle Rock, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and the Palace of Holyrood House. Your unlimited-use ticket is good for 24 hours.
Day 2: London Enjoy a first-class luxury motor coach and personal guide on this royal tour of London’s historic landmarks. Explore the Houses of Parliament and Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace, and watch the legendary Changing of the Guard.
Day 6: Edinburgh Discover Edinburgh with an expert guide who will take you to the places where history was made – the wynds, closes, courtyards, and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town –
as true stories of the city’s past unfold. The tour ends with fast-access entry to Edinburgh Castle.
Day 7: Edinburgh Discover Loch Ness, Glencoe, and Scotland’s striking, scenic Highlands on this small group day trip from Edinburgh. Travel to historic Glencoe – sight of the infamous 1692 MacDonald massacre – and admire rugged mountain scenery, then visit Scotland’s famous Loch Ness. Try to spot “Nessie,” the Loch Ness Monster, on an optional boat cruise equipped with sonar system.
Day 8: Edinburgh Transfer to airport for your departing flight.
Continue your day with a complementary afternoon tour of London, including a guided tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral and a visit to the Tower of London and Crown Jewels.
Day 3: London Journey to three of England’s must-see attractions on a full-day guided tour. Visit the world’s largest inhabited castle, Windsor Castle, and explore its formal State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. Then, travel to mysterious Stonehenge and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath, where you can see the historic Roman baths.
Day 4: London Spend the day at leisure. Take a stroll in Regent’s Park, which hosts the London Zoo, the Open Air Theater, a boating lake, and Queen Mary’s Gardens, boasting 12,000 roses. After your walk, dine in Marylebone, an upscale neighborhood with gourmet restaurants for lunch and dinner.
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
LONDON & PARIS
Boat trip on Seine, Paris
8 Days / 7 Nights • LONDON • PARIS Day 1: London
Day 7: Paris
Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel.
Start your day with a croissant and a visit to the Eiffel Tower, then head across the river to the Champs-Élysées. Stroll along the boulevard, stopping for a coffee at one of the many outdoor cafés. End your walk at the Arc de Triomphe – watch the sunset from the top and see the lights of Paris come out. This evening, treat yourself to a sumptuous dinner of French cuisine and Champagne.
Day 2: London Start your London experience by visiting some of the city’s most iconic sights, like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. Take a restful ride on the London Eye for a bird’s-eye view of the city.
Day 3: London Begin the day with a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Nearby is famous Harrods, where you can indulge in some souvenir shopping. Wind up the afternoon with High Tea at the Savoy – a classic English experience.
Day 8: Paris Enjoy a café au lait and croissant at a corner café for breakfast. Transfer to airport for your departing flight.
Day 4: London Visit the Tower of London and London Bridge, then take a stroll to St. Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a jaunt through some local markets, and a walk along Oxford Street. Tonight is all about the West End – pick up some tickets for that “must see” show.
Day 5: London – Paris Depart London aboard the Eurostar and be in Paris in only 2-1/2 hours. Once settled in your hotel, head out to discover why Paris is called the “City of Light.”
Day 6: Paris Board a cruise on the Seine to experience this amazing city from the water. Then walk along the river to the famous monuments and museums along its banks. Discover the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and the Pompidou Center. In the evening, explore the city’s winding streets, and marvel at its lovely sights after dark.
Tower of London
Eiffel Tower, Paris
11 Days / 10 Nights • PARIS • AMSTERDAM • LONDON Day 1: Paris
Day 5: Amsterdam
Arrive in Paris and transfer to your hotel, then head out to find some wonderful Parisian food – fresh baguettes, fromage, and wine.
This amazing city’s foundation is its concentric canal system design, so you want to float the circle of waterways through its history, art, and culture – beautiful by day and night, and a great way to get oriented to the city. In the afternoon, visit the Anne Frank House, a historical must-see (you’ll need to purchase tickets in advance).
Day 2: Paris Join a coach tour and explore The Louvre, Place Vendôme, Les Invalides, Palais Garnier, Musée d’Orsay, Champs-Élysées, and Arc de Triomphe. At the Eiffel Tower, skip the line and take the elevator to the second floor for magnificent city views. Head across the river to the Champs-Elysees, stopping for a coffee at one of the many outdoor cafés. End your walk at the Arc de Triomphe – watch the sunset from the top and see the lights of Paris come out.
Day 3: Paris In the morning, take a guided walking tour of the Louvre and view the museum’s most famous works, including da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Climb the 300 stairs to the top of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre at dusk and watch the city change into a glowing visage of beauty and mystique. Afterwards, stroll through Montmartre and spend some time in Place du Tertre, a favorite of local artists. Stop by La Maison Rose for a photo op in front of this infamous pink café before continuing onto Clos Montmartre, the only vineyard in Paris.
Day 6: Amsterdam Explore the Dutch countryside’s picturesque windmills, wooden houses, and fishing villages on a half-day tour. See the fanciful windmills of Zaanse Schans, learn how wooden clogs are made, and visit the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam, as well as an authentic Dutch cheese farm.
Day 7: Amsterdam – London Transfer to airport for your flight to London. Check in to your hotel, and grab a pint in one of London’s many pubs.
Day 8: London Start your London experience with some of the city’s most iconic sights, like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey,
Day 4: Paris – Amsterdam Take Rail Europe from Paris to Amsterdam, and transfer to your hotel. Head to Musuemplein, the square that hosts both the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, which boasts an array of works from Rembrandt to other rare collections. Make sure to take a photo with the famous “I Amsterdam” sign.
Zaanse Schans, Netherlands
the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. Afterwards, visit the Churchill War Rooms and explore the secret headquarters of Sir Winston Churchill during Britain’s war effort.
Day 9: London Journey to three of England’s must-see attractions on this full-day guided tour. Visit the world’s largest inhabited castle, Windsor Castle, and explore its formal State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. Then, travel to the mysterious circle of Stonehenge and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, home of the historic Roman Baths and Pump Room.
Day 10: London Spend the day at leisure. Take a stroll in Regent’s Park, which hosts the London Zoo, the Open Air Theater, a boating lake, and Queen Mary’s Gardens, boasting 12,000 roses. After your walk, dine in Marylebone, an upscale neighborhood with gourmet restaurants for lunch and dinner.
Day 11: London Transfer to airport for your departing flight.
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BLACK CABS & BLACK BEER
The Guinness Brewery, Dublin
8 Days / 7 Nights • LONDON • DUBLIN Day 1: London
Day 5: London – Dublin
Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. Take a trip on one of London’s famous red buses, or make your way around the city on the London Underground (or “The Tube”). The Oyster travel smartcard is valid for all transportation services, including bus, Tube, London Overground, National Rail, and Docklands Light Railway.
Transfer to airport for your flight to Dublin and your hotel. On bustling O’Connell Street, pay homage to James Joyce and to Daniel O’Connell, also known as “The Liberator,” whom the street is named after. Don’t miss the 395-foot Spire.
Day 2: London
Visit the Kilmainham Gaol Museum, a fascinating stop for some cool jailyard sights, but also a major symbol of Ireland’s Revolution. Many revolutionaries were imprisoned here, including those who took part in the historic Easter Rising. On your way back to the city center, stop at the Guinness Storehouse. Experience an immersive tour that spotlights panoramic views from the Gravity Bar. Sip the classic brew in tasting rooms, visit the flagship store, and find out how to pour that perfect Guinness pint. Book the private Connoisseur Bar for a tasting experience on a whole other level.
A Historic Pubs tour takes you to the places where some of the UK’s most famous and infamous characters have lived, worked, and played, including a stop at the club where Marilyn Monroe used a double to escape the paparazzi. You’ll also visit some traditional pubs, where you can enjoy a pint of English beer or ale.
Day 3: London Journey to three of England’s must-see attractions on this full-day guided tour. Visit the world’s largest inhabited castle, Windsor Castle, and explore its formal State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. Then, travel to the mysterious circle of Stonehenge and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, where you’ll visit the historic Roman Baths and Pump Room.
Day 4: London Spend the day at leisure. Take a stroll in Regent’s Park, which hosts the London Zoo, the Open Air Theater, a boating lake, and Queen Mary’s Gardens, boasting 12,000 roses. After your walk, dine in Marylebone, an upscale neighborhood with gourmet restaurants for lunch and dinner.
Day 6: Dublin
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Day 7: Dublin Join a full-day tour to the Cliffs of Moher and explore the iconic west coast of Ireland. Visit some of Ireland’s most famous spots, from the incredible cliffs to Galway Bay, and make stops at quaint fishing villages to truly immerse yourself into Irish culture and history.
Day 8: Dublin Transfer to airport for your departing flight.
Trafalgar Square, London
BEST OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL 10 Days / 9 Nights • MADRID • BARCELONA • LISBON Day 1: Madrid
Day 6: Barcelona
Arrive in Madrid and transfer to your hotel. Remember, Spain runs on its own time, so dinner is usually not eaten until 9:00pm.
Taste local foods at the historic Mercat de la Llibertat, a neighborhood market tucked inside the must-see district of Gràcia. The tour winds up at a table on intimate, traditional Plaça de la vila de Gràcia, where you can sample all the foods you bought with fresh-squeezed fruit juice. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Day 2: Madrid A comprehensive tour of Madrid takes you to historic sights such as the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, and Hapsburg-era Renaissance and Baroque buildings on Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de la Villa. Then, explore Bourbon Madrid and the urban layout made by Carlos III, the Royal Palace, the Cibeles Fountain, Neptune Fountain, and the Puerta de Alcalá. Visit the Prado Museum and the Gran Vía, Paseo de la Castellana, Barrio Salamanca, Plaza de Castilla, and Parque del Oeste, as well as the emblematic Ventas Bullring and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Make a stop at the famous Hard Rock Café and enjoy a free drink. Visit the Royal Palace, one of the most beautiful and best preserved in Europe.
Day 3: Madrid Spend the day at leisure, marveling at the historic buildings and savoring the famous croquettes for which Madrid is known.
Day 4: Madrid – Barcelona Transfer to airport for your flight to Barcelona. Transfer to your hotel. Wander the city and enjoy a lunch of fresh bread with cheese and Iberian ham, a local favorite.
Day 7: Barcelona – Lisbon Transfer to airport for your flight to Lisbon. Transfer to your hotel. Venture to Parque das Nações, a bustling neighborhood that was transformed for Expo 98.
Day 8: Lisbon Discover this magnificent city, beginning with the Monuments of the Portuguese Discoveries, the emblematic city museum. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, and Belem Tower Monument.
Belem Tower, Lisbon
Day 9: Lisbon Visit Sintra, where the Portuguese Royal Family once summered, and the National Palace. Explore craft shops and sample the famous local pastries. Continue to Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of Europe) and along the coast, passing famous Guincho Beach, then to Cascais’ seaside “Boca do Inferno” and the Bay of Cascais. On the return trip, pass through Estoril, home of the famous casino.
Day 10: Lisbon Transfer to airport for your departing flight.
Day 5: Barcelona Join a tour of Park Guell and Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Crystal Palace, Madrid
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
GREEK ISLAND HOPPER
11 Days / 10 Nights • ATHENS • MYKONOS • SANTORINI Day 1: Athens Arrive in Athens and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure, and, after dark, head out for a meal or drink at a rooftop restaurant or bar above Athens’ busy streets.
Day 2: Athens Observe the striking contrasts of ancient and modern culture that make Athens an enchanting city. See the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held, then explore the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Arch of Hadrian, and Constitution Square (Syntagma). No visit to Athens is complete without a stop at the Acropolis. Finish your tour at The New Acropolis Museum.
Day 3: Athens Today, delight in the “big five” of Greek cuisine from the source: ouzo, feta, olives, olive oil, and koulouri. Nosh your way through the ancient city, tasting each scrumptious bite. Afterwards, head to “The Plaka,” known as the “Neighborhood of Gods” for its close proximity to the Acropolis, and one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens. Wander the winding, charming streets lined with white-washed houses, blue-painted doors, and abundant bougainvillea.
where you can also find some excellent dining at nearby tavernas. For a more active afternoon, go windsurfing, Jet-Skiing, waterskiing, or wakeboarding at Kalafati. Watch a sunset that you’ll never forget in Mykonos Town’s “Little Venice” district, one of the most beautiful and romantic places on the island.
Day 7: Mykonos – Santorini Hop the ferry to Santorini.
Days 8-9: Santorini Spend your days at leisure on this legendary island. A picturesque town beloved by artists, Oia is a place to wander the streets, alleys, and staircases, and catch breathtaking views of the caldera, created by the planet’s largest volcanic eruption. Have a relaxing meal and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.
Day 10: Santorini
Make an early start today to take the ferry from Athens to Mykonos.
On your last day, take a catamaran cruise with a refreshing swim at Red Beach, a calm sailing past an idyllic lighthouse, an exploration of the volcanic beaches and their black, white, and red pebbles, sunbathing and snorkeling time, and a stop at the hot springs. End with a delectable meal onboard, all while watching the sunset.
Days 5-6: Mykonos
Day 11: Santorini
Day 4: Athens – Mykonos
Spend your days at leisure on this gorgeous island. Unwind on Kalo Livadi, a quiet stretch of sandy beach
Poseidon Temple at Cape Sounion
At the southern tip of the island, Agios Georgios beach offers everything from water sports to beach bars, and it’s the perfect spot for a quiet swim. And you’ll find ideal snorkeling off Mesa Pigadia beach, south of Oia. There are also plenty of wineries on the island that you can visit.
Transfer to airport for your departing flight. Mykonos
ITALIAN MASTERPIECES 10 Days / 9 Nights • ROME • VENICE • FLORENCE Day 1: Rome
Day 6: Venice
Arrive in Rome and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure, taking in the unique sights and savoring dinner.
Your travel consultant booked you a “Tour to the Islands” to see the Venetian lagoon’s three most famous islands. First, visit peaceful Torcello – Venice’s oldest continuously populated region – to see the city’s first church. Next, watch a glass-blowing demonstration on Murano, and then browse Burano’s famous lace shops.
Day 2: Rome From the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum, Rome’s abundant sights rival those of any other city on the planet. See them all on a hop-on/hop-off panoramic bus tour while listening to informative audio commentary. Other attractions include the Pantheon, Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Olympic Stadium.
Day 3: Rome Your travel consultant booked you a day trip from Rome to Naples and Pompeii to explore the history, art, and archaeology of this captivating region. Tour the Gulf of Naples, site of the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. A local expert will lead you on a guided walking tour of Pompeii before you enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant.
Day 4: Rome – Venice Transfer to Venice via Rail Europe, and to your hotel. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Day 5: Venice Embark on a walking tour of some of Venice’s most beloved landmarks, like historic St. Mark’s Square, and visit the interior of its Byzantine-style Basilica. Stroll the narrow, winding alleyways and admire sights including Campo Santa Maria Formosa and the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo.
Day 7: Venice – Florence Transfer to Florence via Rail Europe, and to your hotel.
Day 8: Florence There’s no better way to see Florence than a hop-on/ hop-off tour from an open-top double-decker bus. Stops along the tour route include the Duomo, the Cathedral, Santa Croce, San Marco, and Piazzale Michelangelo.
Day 9: Florence
Arno River and Ponte Vecchio, Florence
Combine your love of pizza and gelato with a unique cooking class. Learn how to make gelato and cook an authentic Italian pizza with a professional chef who will teach and guide you along the way. Discover and taste the many gelato flavors that are made in Italy and sample an array of pizzas. Your new cooking skills will be the best souvenir you take home from your trip to Italy.
Day 10: Florence Enjoy brunch and then transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Grand Canal, Venice
The Colosseum, Rome
ITALIAN ODYSSEY 12 Days / 11 Nights • FLORENCE • ROME • SORRENTO Day 1: Florence
Day 6: Rome
Arrive in Florence and transfer to your hotel. Explore this walkable city.
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps venturing to Campo de Fiori, an open-air market by day and lively gathering place at night.
Day 2: Florence On this fun guided walking tour of the city center, hear tantalizing gossip of Michelangelo, discover what Leonardo had in mind to revolutionize the town, and more astounding events that shocked the Florentines.
Day 3: Florence The Tuscany Wine Trail was born to give travelers the opportunity to enjoy the greater wine area of Tuscany called Chianti. This tour takes you to a selection of two special wineries with a sommelier on board who will lead the way in the world of Chianti wines. There will be wine tasting and olive oil tastings, a typical Tuscan meal, many photo opportunities, and the friendly feeling of a small and intimate group of wine lovers.
Day 4: Florence Spend the day at your leisure, perhaps visiting the Uffizzi Gallery, and then crossing the Arno River to climb the stone steps to Piazzale Michelangelo for breathtaking views. Created in the 19th century, this charming piazza boasts a majestic bronze replica of Michelangelo’s “David,” not to mention serious peace and tranquility.
Day 7: Rome Explore Vatican City, the center of the Roman Catholic Church, filled with more history and artwork than most cities in the world. Don’t miss St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. An Early Access tour allows privileged entry to see the Sistine Chapel as a VIP.
Day 8: Rome – Sorrento Board a Rail Europe train to Naples, where you have a private transfer booked to your hotel in Sorrento, a great base for exploring the surrounding area. To the south, you’ll find the best of the peninsula’s unspoiled countryside, and to the east, the Amalfi Coast; to the
north, Pompeii and the archaeological sites; and offshore, the fabled island of Capri.
Day 9: Sorrento Take a boat trip to Capri and join a guided walk through the streets of the town of Anacapri. Take an optional boat trip to the Blue Grotto.
Day 10: Sorrento Spend your day at leisure and explore Sorrento, especially the Piazza Tasso, which bustles all day and evening with tourists and locals alike. In the evening, it becomes a pedestrian zone. Dine in style and make sure you try some limoncello.
Day 11: Sorrento Join a guided tour of Pompeii, followed by a trip to Mt. Vesuvius, where you have the option to walk up to the crater.
Day 12: Sorrento Transfer to airport for departure flight.
Day 5: Florence – Rome Board a Rail Europe train to Rome, and transfer to your hotel. For dinner, stroll around the cobbled streets of Trastevere, a picturesque neighborhood with the atmosphere of a charming Italian town.
Gendarmenmarkt Square, Berlin
GERMANY 8 Days / 7 Nights • BERLIN • MUNICH Day 1: Berlin
Day 4: Berlin – Munich
Arrive in Berlin and transfer to your hotel. Head to the tallest building in Berlin, the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), for spectacular views.
Take the train from Berlin to Munich. For dinner, try some Bavarian dishes at one of the city’s famous beer halls.
Day 2: Berlin
Experience Munich by bicycle on a four-hour tour covering the Staatskanzlei, the Maximilianeum, the Peace Angel, the Hofgarten, the English Garden, and the Odeonplatz, all at a very relaxed pace. The tour will stop at a beer garden for an hour break.
On this ultimate Berlin tour, learn more about the countless historical events, modern places, and landmarks that have made Berlin what it is today. Visit Brandenburg Gate and the beautiful Pariser Platz, then walk through the Holocaust Memorial, a strong emotional expression of Germany dealing with the troubled aspects of its past. Visit the almost-forgotten site of Adolf Hitler’s bunker, where he hid out during the final battles of World War II. Step back in time as you pass by former Nazi Ministries, the “Topography of Terror,” and Checkpoint Charlie. Hear stories of the Cold War, GDR fugitives, and dayto-day life in divided Germany, including a stop at The Wall. Continue to what is widely regarded as the most beautiful spot in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt.
Day 3: Berlin The vibe of Berlin is on its streets, so grab a cup of coffee and walk around the Mitte area, filled with art galleries, cafés, and restaurants. Stop at the Brandenburg Gate, once a symbol of the Cold War and now one of a unity and peace. Continue your journey through history on Kulturforums, where the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Neu Nationalgalerie (modern art), and Gemaldagalerie (European paintings) stand. In the evening, explore the Kreuzberg neighborhood, where you’ll find numerous dining options.
Day 5: Munich
Day 6: Munich Spend your day at leisure. You’ll find a great mix of independent boutiques and large-scale department stores at Kaufingerstrasse which is for pedestrians only. When you get tired of shopping, there is a slew of restaurants, bars, cafés, and beer gardens for refreshment.
Day 7: Munich On a full-day guided rail tour, visit the enchanting Old World town of Fussen in the foothills of the Alps, then the fabulous and ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle – an icon of Germany, inspiration of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, and a vantage point for stunning views. You’ll have preferred access for a separate tour of the king’s private chambers by a special castle guide.
Day 8: Munich Transfer to airport for your departing flight.
4 Days / 3 Nights • REYKJAVIK Day 1: Reykjavik
Day 3: Reykjavik
Arrive in Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, head to downtown Reykjavik and dine at a trendy restaurant. You’ll find dozens of venues with live music –bluegrass, folk, death metal, rap, reggae, or punk rock, Reykjavik’s got it. Indeed, ever since Björk began to blaze her musical trail around the globe, Reykjavik has been increasingly recognized as a major pop culture hotspot.
Take the Golden Circle Tour to some of Iceland’s most stunning sites. Discover the world-famous Geysir, the Strokkur geyser, Gullfloss Waterfall, and other amazing hot springs and geothermal areas. This full-day experience winds down at a quiet local restaurant where you can order the catch of the day and reflect on the natural wonders you have seen so far.
By day, downtown Reykjavik is the place to shop for fashion, art, jewelry, books, antiques, gourmet food, Icelandic design, outdoor clothing, souvenirs, and gifts.
Before you depart, stop at the Blue Lagoon, an awesome man-made geothermal spa, conveniently located between Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik. Here, you can relax, hum a few calming oms, and soak in the soothing 100°F milky-blue waters before you depart Reykjavik at peace.
Day 2: Reykjavik The particular season you are visiting will determine what you should do. In summer – when there is almost 24 hours of daylight – go whale watching. The islands off the coast will also be teeming with fascinating bird life. And join a tour of the spectacular and stark filming locations for Game of Thrones – including the otherworldly lava fields of Dimmuborgir, numerous spots around Lake Mývatn, and Grjótagjá, the cave that becomes Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love nest.
Day 4: Reykjavik
During winter, come for the Northern Lights, when you will be bathed in natural neon. You don’t have to travel far from Reykjavik for the spectacle: just a few miles northwest, Grótta sits at the end of the Seltjarnarnes peninsula, which juts into the North Sea and is a super vantage point. On the southeast outskirts, head to Heiðmörk Nature Reserve, a recreational area with no light pollution. Northern lights
GREAT BRITAIN TIMELESS & MODERN, A LAND WHERE NATURAL & CULTURAL WONDERS ABOUND KNOW YOUR DESTINATION England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are all unique countries with their own customs, cultures, and traditions, and offer an incredible diversity of attractions, historical treasures, contemporary excitement, and friendly people. In addition, English is their native language. Entry requirements are simple: all you need is a valid US passport. And all four countries utilize the Pound Sterling (£) as currency, in contrast to most of the rest of Europe (and Ireland). In Northern Ireland, there is a new cultural vitality, pride, and optimism. Tourism is thriving too, with new visitors discovering the country’s humor, hospitality, and scenery. Northern Ireland’s people are friendly and warm towards visitors, curious to get to know you, and genuinely interested as to why you’re visiting. However, it is best to avoid the topic of domestic politics.
London London rivals New York for art, fashion, dining, and entertainment. Mix visits to the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace with a shopping safari through Harrods, countless boutiques, and the funky Portobello Road Market. Nights are a whirlwind of world-class cuisine, theater, and clubbing. Ride a double-decker bus for an unbeatable vantage point to photograph Buckingham Palace. Hop off at St. James’s Park to feed the ducks. Hail an iconic black taxi to Covent Garden or the West End theatre district. Not far from London, at the storybook World Heritage Site of Bath, you can soak in the famous hot springs and visit Jane Austen’s home. Stonehenge is just an hour away.
A car will get you pretty much anywhere in the UK, of course, but there are caveats: Rental cars are usually manual shift, so ask specifically for an automatic when you make a reservation. And you’ll be sitting in the righthand seat of the car while driving on the left-hand side of the road – are you up to the challenge?
Air Given the short distances involved, flying is rarely the cheapest or most convenient option. Domestic flights are offered by British Air, Loganair, easyJet, and others, flying in and out of London, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and other cities.
From metropolitan London to the rolling countryside of Bath and the Yorkshire Moors, England is a land of great diversity. It is steeped in history and tradition, yet leads the world in fashion and pop culture. Country cottages and captivating castles, crown jewels and cutting-edge culture – the timeless treasures and modern pleasures of England are yours to discover and embrace.
Scotland has a rich culture that is distinct from the other nations in the UK, of which they are fiercely proud. You will find most Scots to be friendly, warm, and with a strong sense of humor, although it can take more than one meeting for them to warm up to you.
lines operating once a week or less, to intensive urban routes operating every few minutes.
The National Rail network covers most of Great Britain, with 21,000 miles of track and around 2,600 stations; NI Railways is the state-owned rail in Northern Ireland. Most inter-city trains travel at 125 mph, and stations are located in city and town centers.
Bus Local and inter-urban buses cover the entire country but vary in quality and cost. Services range from rural village Cotswold stone riverside cottage
Looking down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace
DINING Over the past several years, the global culinary revolution has washed over the British Isles as well, to the extent that there are now more than 100 Michelin-starred restaurants across England, Wales, and Scotland. But of course you can still find fish and chips, haggis, Irish stew, and all manner of locally brewed beers and ales as well as Scottish whiskeys and other traditional delights.
There is also a renewed emphasis on local produce, which means that locally produced meats, cheeses, and drinks can be found in supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers markets pretty much everywhere.
So sit down to some old-fashioned “pub grub” in London, relax with a dram of whiskey in St. Andrews, dig into an “Ulster fry” in Belfast, and sample some cheddars, blues, and soft cheeses from a Cardiff cheeseboard.
NORTHERN IRELAND Belfast York Leeds
ENGLAND IRELAND Leicester Birmingham
Cambridge Oxford London
Exeter English Channel
EUROPE’S LARGEST CITY, AT ONCE HISTORIC & FUTURE-FORWARD THE REGIONS North The British Museum and University of London have their homes in Bloomsbury, made famous by a celebrated group of fin-de-siècle writers. Check out the historic houses, parks, and buildings there. Shoppers make a beeline for Mayfair and Marylebone, upscale districts that offer some of the city’s best stores.
East A traditional working-class neighborhood, the East End was almost completely redeveloped for the 2012 Olympic Games. Look for the trendy bars and art galleries. On the southern banks of the Thames, Greenwich is where you’ll find the Greenwich Meridian, Observatory, and National Maritime Museum.
South South Bank, along the Thames, has great city views and the famous London Eye Ferris Wheel. Westminster is the seat of government and packed with attractions from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben to Westminster Abbey, as well as the grand residences of Belgravia. Go shopping on King’s Road and at legendary department stores in South Kensington/Chelsea.
West Notting Hill, famous from the eponymous Hugh Grant/ Julia Roberts film, is known for its lively Portobello Road Market, gorgeous streetscapes, interesting history, and diverse population. Stroll the historic residential streets of Maida Vale and Paddington for a real taste of genteel London. Head to lively Soho for chic restaurants, cafés,
clubs, and jazz bars. Shopping and entertainment make Covent Garden a must-visit neighborhood.
TOP EXPERIENCES Bath Take a full-day trip to pay homage to the druids at mystical Stonehenge, then visit the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, including its ancient Roman Baths and Pump Room.
West End It’s easy to get tickets to one of the dazzling stage productions playing in the 40+ theaters in the West End, London’s version of Broadway.
Brighton Hop onto a bus for a daytrip to fun-filled Brighton, Britain’s “alternative” seaside town that’s famous for its bohemian atmosphere and eccentric locals.
City Markets Take in the sights, sounds, and smells while browsing the stalls at the Camden, Borough, and Brick Lane Markets for antiques and foods.
High Tea Sit down to classic, old-fashioned High Tea at Claridge’s – or head to Ting at the Shard for Afternoon Tea with a contemporary Asian twist.
East End The home of “Cockney Rhyming Slang” (a dialect in which words are substituted for other words which they rhyme with), the East End has been transformed into a trendy district packed with great bars and art galleries.
London Eye The biggest Ferris Wheel in Europe, the London Eye affords stunning city views, and the Fast Track option gives you priority boarding and souvenir guidebooks.
Save with the London Pass, which gives you entry to your choice of over 60 of London’s top attractions, including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Fleet Street Pub Down a pint (or two) at Ye Old Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street, one of the oldest continuously operating pubs in London.
St. Paul’s Visit the dome, the crypt, the chapels, and other features of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of London, which dominates the city’s skyline. London Eye
LONDON: SIGHTSEEING THE LION KING
LONDON – DINNER WITH WINE PAIRING
1-DAY LONDON PASS
London / Encore Tickets Ltd.
London / 3 Hours / Bustronome
London / 1-Day Pass / The London Pass
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi award-winning musical The Lion King will redefine your expectations of theatre. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.
Bustronome takes you on a gastronomic journey through the heart of London to see all of the capital’s major landmarks. With only 12 tables, giving you a real sense of exclusivity, enjoy a six-course meal of French and English ingredients and flavors. Champagne and matching wines will accompany the journey while you cruise onboard the top deck of their luxury coach. Bustronome London offers you a stylish and unforgettable experience.
Receive entry to over 60 top London attractions at no extra cost, plus a 1-day hop-on/hop-off bus ticket. Enjoy London’s rich history and cultural treasures like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Save time with fast-track entry to some of the capital’s busiest and most sought-after attractions. Add the London Pass for access to London’s public transport network.
OXFORD & TRADITIONAL COTSWOLD VILLAGES DAY TOUR
SHAKESPEARE’S STRATFORD-UPON-AVON DAY TOUR
London / Full Day / Rabbie’s Trail Burners
London / Full Day / Rabbie’s Trail Burners
London / Encore Tickets Ltd.
Join this small-group tour departing from London and experience two of England’s most deservedly famous locations. The Cotswolds are like stepping into a landscape painting – vivid green colors, lush waterways, and the most delightful cottages. And Oxford needs no introduction – the city of students, spires, and cathedrals is as inspirational as it is fascinating, with local charm and hospitality. You can even have a traditional English afternoon tea during your visit.
On this small-group tour, follow England’s best storyteller through life, love, and death. Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, where you study the birthplace of the Bard and experience the charm of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, his wife’s beautiful home. Then visit his final resting place beside the beautiful Church of the Holy Trinity. The whole world was Shakespeare’s stage, so join this tour from London and go behind the scenes of his most personal show.
The Theatre Passport offers the chance to see a great West End show without being tied to a specific date. Theatre Passports entitle the bearer to a ticket from a selection of participating musicals and plays such as The Lion King, Wicked, and The Phantom of the Opera. Choose from three different types of passports according to your preferred choice: Standard, Deluxe, or Premium Theatre Passport.
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
MOTORHOME HIRE IN GREATER LONDON
MOTORHOME HIRE AT EDINBURGH AIRPORT
London / Encore Tickets Ltd.
London / Just go motorhomes
Edinburgh / Just go motorhomes
From humble beginnings to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender, and race. Featuring her much loved songs, the production is written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady).
Choose from a large modern fleet of 2- to 6-person automatic motorhomes and explore the UK and Europe at your own pace. Suitable for all budgets, all motorhomes are less than 2 years old and include unlimited mileage, shower and toilet, and fully equipped kitchen. The pick-up depot is nearby main motorways, railways, and airports, and is in close vicinity of ferry routes for easy access to Europe.
Choose from a large modern fleet of 2- to 6-person automatic motorhomes and explore Scotland at your own pace. Suitable for all budgets, all motorhomes are less than 2 years old and include unlimited mileage, heating and hot water, a solar panel for off-road adventures, shower and toilet, and fully equipped kitchen.
Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
LONDON: SIGHTSEEING ROYAL LONDON WITH CHANGING OF THE GUARD
CROWN JEWELS OF LONDON TOUR WITH CRUISE
BUCKINGHAM PALACE & WINDSOR CASTLE WITH LUNCH
London / Half-Day / Evan Evans Tours
London / Half-Day / Evan Evans Tours
London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours
Enjoy a first-class, luxury motor coach and personal guide to ensure you don’t miss anything on this guided royal tour of London’s historic landmarks. Explore sites including the Houses of Parliament and Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the legendary Changing of the Guard.
Explore historic London on this revealing guided tour, beginning with 17th-century St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. See the magnificent Crown Jewels on a visit to the Tower of London, and enjoy a Thames River cruise on the same day.
Enjoy a royal day out with visits to the magnificent residences of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. For a limited time each summer, visitors are welcomed to walk in the footsteps of royalty and explore the lavish State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. Your journey continues to Windsor, where you’ll enjoy a delicious two-course lunch before discovering the splendor of Windsor Castle, home to the Royal Family for over 900 years.
LONDON IN ONE DAY WITH CHANGING OF THE GUARD & RIVER CRUISE
LONDON IN STYLE WITH AFTERNOON TEA AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY
WARWICK CASTLE, SHAKESPEARE’S ENGLAND, OXFORD & THE COTSWOLDS
London / 9 Hours / Evan Evans Tours
London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours
London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours
Highlights of this tour include a guided panoramic tour of London, including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, guided tours of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, and a tour of the magnificent Crown Jewels. Conclude your day with a sightseeing river cruise from the Tower to Westminster Pier.
Travel in style on board a vintage red London bus and experience the best of the capital. Visit the Tower of London for a private tour with a White Tower warden and see the Crown Jewels. Explore the many food stalls of Borough Market before walking through the incredible history of Westminster Abbey with an expert guide. Finish your day with a sumptuous afternoon tea inside the Abbey.
Be immersed in 1,100 years of Warwick Castle’s rich and vibrant history. Marvel at the Great Hall and State Rooms, and roam 60 acres of relaxing grounds and gardens. Then explore Stratfordupon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, and take a walking tour of Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires,” with its famous colleges. The tour will take you through one of the most scenic areas of England, the Cotswolds, with its charming villages, thatched cottages, tea shops, and ancient inns.
WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE & BATH
AFTERNOON TEA AT SALISBURY CATHEDRAL, STONEHENGE & BATH
OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITIES
London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours
London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours
London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours
Take a journey on a luxury motor coach to three of England’s must-see tourist attractions on this full-day guided tour. Visit the world’s largest inhabited castle, Windsor Castle, and explore its formal State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. Travel to the mysterious circle of Stonehenge and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, where you can enjoy an optional visit to the historic Roman Baths and Pump Room.
Discover the West Country on this full-day guided coach and walking tour. Explore 750-year-old Salisbury Cathedral, and see one of only four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta before enjoying a delicious afternoon tea. Later you’ll visit mysterious Stonehenge, complete with interactive audio guide and map, before concluding your day with a visit to Bath with time to explore this beautiful city at your leisure.
This full-day tour takes you to Oxford and Cambridge, the most famous university towns in England. At Oxford, whose hushed courtyards have inspired generations of scholars, join a walking tour of Christ Church College (where the Harry Potter movies were filmed), the Bodleian Library, and the famous, picture-perfect college courtyards. Then, take a fascinating walking tour of beautiful Cambridge, including the famous Bridge of Sighs and the magnificent Kings College Chapel.
BLENHEIM PALACE, DOWNTON ABBEY VILLAGE & THE COTSWOLDS
LEEDS CASTLE, CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, DOVER & GREENWICH
WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE & OXFORD
London / 10 Hours / Evan Evans Tours
London / 10 Hours / Evan Evans Tours
London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours
Join this spectacular escorted tour of Blenheim Palace – an English Baroque architectural masterpiece and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Marvel at the regal interiors and breathtaking gardens surrounding the palace. Enjoy a wonderful tour of some of the most picturesque Cotswold villages, including Bampton, the setting for the famous Downton Abbey TV series.
Journey into the heart of the British countryside to visit the county of Kent, “The Garden of England.” Pass through maritime Greenwich, learning about its fascinating history, before visiting beautiful Leeds Castle, once described as “the loveliest castle in the world.” Immerse yourself in the history and world-class heritage of Canterbury Cathedral with an exclusive guided tour. Next stop is Dover to witness the magnificent White Cliffs and take in some fresh sea air before returning to London.
A luxury motor coach takes you on an escorted tour to soak up the splendor and majesty of Windsor Castle’s sumptuous State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, still an official residence of the Queen. Then, marvel at the magic of Stonehenge’s iconic circle. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the world’s most famous university town, learn about its enduring traditions, and perhaps enjoy a treat in a charming tea shop in the heart of Oxford.
LONDON: SIGHTSEEING STONEHENGE & BATH
WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON
London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours
London / Half-Day / Evan Evans Tours
London / Half-Day / Evan Evans Tours
This leisurely tour to Stonehenge and Bath gives you plenty of time to explore. Discover the mysterious Stonehenge, the awe-inspiring creation whose origins have been lost in the mists of time. Then, discover Bath’s major sights; a walking tour takes you to Pulteney Bridge, the Circus, and the Royal Crescent. Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping, and iconic attractions including optional entrance to the Roman Baths.
Board a luxury motor coach for direct express service from London to Stonehenge. Explore the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the great wonders – and mysteries – of the world. Enjoy a twohour visit at the monument including a visit to the stones and time to explore the fascinating visitor center at your leisure, with an audio-guide in the language of your choice. Admission to Stonehenge is included.
You’ll be transferred from Central London on a luxury motor coach to the Warner Bros. Studio. Explore the magic of the smash Harry Potter film series. The tour includes a full four hours at the studio, taking you behind the scenes to explore a huge array of movie sets, costumes, and props. Learn some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and breathtaking animatronics. New for 2019, experience Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
JACK THE RIPPER & HAUNTED LONDON
LIVERPOOL & THE BEATLES
LAKE DISTRICT TOUR WITH AFTERNOON TEA
London / Evening Tour / Evan Evans Tours
Liverpool / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours
London / Full Day Rail Tour / Evan Evans Tours
Prepare yourself for gruesome tales of London’s East End as you walk in the footsteps of the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper. An expert “Ripperologist” will unravel the tales of one of the world’s most notorious unsolved murder mysteries as well as stories of London’s haunted past. Included within the tour, you’ll be treated to a fish and chip taster and your incredible audio headset will immerse you in the sinister history.
Spend an exciting day discovering the wonderful world of The Beatles on this unescorted rail tour of their hometown, Liverpool. Visit the award-winning Beatles Story Exhibition; step aboard a fascinating two-hour Magical Mystery guided tour of major Beatles landmarks and visit the famous Cavern Club. You’ll also have plenty of free time to explore this vibrant city. Return train travel included.
Depart London to Oxenholme by rail. In summer, cruise on Lake Windermere, visit the village of Hawkshead and Hill Top Farm, and enjoy afternoon tea at the Lindeth Howe Country Hotel. In winter, travel north along Lake Windermere to Waterhead, Hawkshead, and Tarn Hows, passing through Yewdale, Yew Tree Tarn, and Skelwith Bridge. Enjoy a tour of the Rydal Mount & Gardens, and take a leisurely walk around the village of Bowness.
EDINBURGH, THE ROYAL CITY
London / Full Day Rail Tour / Evan Evans Tours Travel by high-speed train to Edinburgh and board the hop-on/ hop-off sightseeing bus for a close-up view of the city. Visit the Old Town quarter, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the Scott Monument, the Palace of Holyrood House, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Stroll along Princes Street and check out Scotland’s tartans, whiskeys, and shortbreads. Tickets to Edinburgh Castle are included.
London / Full Day / Evan Evans Tours On this escorted day tour to Paris via rail with an Englishspeaking guide, you’ll enjoy skip-the-line entry to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, plus a three-course Champagne lunch. Board a luxury private coach to see Paris’ most famous landmarks and enjoy a circular sightseeing cruise on the River Seine. Note: restaurant closes for refurbishment beginning September 2019, but guests can enjoy the “Celebrate Paris tour with Champagne Lunch Cruise on the Seine” during this period.
ST. JOHN’S WOOD
Lord’s Cricket Ground
WEST Recreation KILBURN Ground MAIDA VALE
CAMDEN St. Pancras Gardens TOWN
British Museum and Library
SOHO National Portrait Gallery Trafalgar 18 Square
Royal Albert Hall Victoria & Albert Museum Harrods Natural History BROMPTON Museum
12 14 SOUTH
1 Thistle City Barbican, Shoreditch
18 Thistle Piccadilly
2 Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments 3 Thistle Kensington Gardens
19 Meliá White House 20 The Strand 21 The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel
22 The Tower Hotel
7 Amba Charing Cross
23 Thistle Trafalgar Square
8 ME London
24 25 26 27
10 11 12 13 14 15
Amba Hotel Victoria Hotel 41 The Royal Horseguards The Rubens At The Palace
Grange Strathmore Hotel K+K Hotel George K Hotel Kensington The Milestone Hotel & Residences Millennium Gloucester Hotel Royal Garden Hotel
Marble Arch 16 Amba Hotel Marble Arch
Mayfair 17 The Chesterfield Mayfair
KENNINGTON Victoria Station
9 Thistle London Heathrow Airport
4 The Montague On The Gardens 5 Thistle Bloomsbury Park 6 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
Tower of London
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. James’s 23 GARDEN24 Palace Picadilly 26 Green Circus St. James’s Park 7 Park Buckingham WestminsterHouses of Buckingham Palace Abbey Parliment Palace WESTMINSTER Gardens 25
London Heathrow Airport
Kensington Palace 15
Grosvenor Square Berkely Square
3 Kensington Gardens
St. Pancras Station
Queen Mary’s Gardens
St Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge
Surrey Sq. Park Burgess Park
LONDON: HOTELS HOTEL 41
THE MILESTONE HOTEL & RESIDENCES
Overlooking the Royal Mews behind Buckingham Palace, this intimate hideaway has been awarded a prestigious Forbes 5-Star rating. Expect unrivaled service and enjoy around-theclock snacks and treats with “Plunder the Pantry.”
Superbly located in the cultural heart of London, this hotel offers exquisitely designed guest rooms, signature suites, and destination bars and restaurants. Savor stunning skyline views, plush linens, monsoon showers, and top-notch amenities.
This exquisite hotel overlooks Kensington Palace and Gardens, and is just minutes from the Royal Albert Hall, with the West End nearby. Discover Old World charm, rich furnishings, exquisite original arts, and outstanding cuisine.
• 30 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge • free snacks & treats 24/7 • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • pet-friendly • bathrobes & slippers
• 157 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants including STK London • 2 bars including Radio Rooftop Bar • 24-hr fitness center • near theaters, shopping, entertainment & nightlife • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 44 ac rooms/12 suites & 6 apartments • 2 restaurants/2 bars/ afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room & butler service • indoor heated resistance pool • spa/salon/fitness center/sauna/yoga/personal training • complimentary Wi-Fi
ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL
THE ROYAL HORSEGUARDS
THE RUBENS AT THE PALACE
Overlooking stunning Kensington Palace and leafy Hyde Park, this location is especially convenient as you’re in close proximity to London’s main attractions and on the doorstep to the designer shops of Kensington High Street.
Restored to its full Victorian splendor, with high ceilings and chandeliers, this historic hotel – voted one of “Britain’s Top Hotels” by Condé Nast Traveler readers – combines an extraordinary heritage with 21st-century comforts.
Following a beautiful refurbishment, this historic hotel overlooks Buckingham Palace. Unwind at two exquisite bars, a Curry Room, afternoon tea overlooking the Royal Mews and fine dining under spectacular chandeliers in the English Grill.
• 394 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center/personal trainers • walking distance to Science Museum/Royal Albert Hall/Victoria and Albert Museum
• 272 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/3 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • meeting rooms • walking distance to Trafalgar Square/Covent Garden/Buckingham Palace
• 163 ac rooms, 10 suites & apartments/interconnecting family rooms available • 2 restaurants/2 bars/intimate library restaurant/Champagne bar/afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE SAVOY, A FAIRMONT MANAGED HOTEL
AMBA HOTEL VICTORIA
THE CHESTERFIELD MAYFAIR
This regal Art Deco hotel lauded on Travel+Leisure’s “T+L 500” is the ultimate in sophistication, hospitality, and dining. Lavishly appointed accommodations showcase high-touch amenities and enthralling panoramic vistas.
Close to Buckingham Palace, this grand hotel was thoroughly restored to its distinctive Victorian architecture while surrounding you with lavish 21st-century comforts. Unwind with classic cocktails at the Réunion Bar.
• 268 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room & butler service • indoor pool • fitness center/sauna/massage/steam room • in-room Internet access
• 345 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/afternoon tea • concierge/ 24-hr room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • in-roof safe/ refrigerator/coffee & tea maker
GRAND PLAZA SERVICED APARTMENTS
GRANGE STRATHMORE HOTEL
In the heart of Mayfair, this quintessentially British hotel exudes classic charm and unique personality, all just minutes from Bond Street, Piccadilly, and the Royal Parks, The hotel is renowned for themed afternoon teas, molecular cocktails, and gin tasting experiences. • 106 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/live music/afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service • daily maid & turndown service • complimentary Wi-Fi • easy access to shopping/royal parks
K HOTEL KENSINGTON
This deluxe apartment hotel stands in London’s Paddington district, close to Hyde Park, Notting Hill, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, and Royal Albert Hall. Step into guest accommodations with kitchenettes, deep-soaking tubs, and city views.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, and Hyde Park are close to this London landmark, original home of the late Queen Mother’s father. Guest rooms are distinctively furnished and feature modern amenities.
• 198 ac rooms • breakfast restaurant • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 77 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • 24 hr concierge & room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
Close to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Harrods, and Chelsea, this deluxe Victorian-era boutique hotel is an ideal base for exploring London’s many attractions. Guest rooms (some with balconies) feature the latest tech amenities and superb city views. • 138 ac rooms • breakfast room • concierge • complimentary Wi-Fi
LONDON: HOTELS K+K HOTEL GEORGE LONDON
HHHH Kensington-Earl’s Court
MILLENNIUM GLOUCESTER LONDON
MELIÁ WHITE HOUSE
HHHH Regent’s Park
This modern boutique hotel is tucked behind the façade of a historic Victorian building on a quiet residential street in Earl’s Court. Recently renovated guest rooms feature contemporary style with views of the city or private gardens.
Built in 1936, this elegant hotel’s building still preserves its value as a prime example of period architecture. Near London’s main attractions, the property boasts stylish accommodations and award-winning gastronomy.
• 154 ac rooms • breakfast room/bistro bar/garden terrace • concierge/ 24-hr room service • fitness center/sauna/spa services • complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet lounge • in-room mini-bar/safe/coffee & tea maker/TV
• 581 ac rooms & suites/112 ac apartments • Executive Lounge • restaurant/bar with terrace • 24-hr concierge & room service • Kids & Co. • complimentary Wi-Fi
Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, and other major London attractions are right outside the doors of this modern hotel. Guest rooms feature fine fabrics, classic furniture, and marble baths. Bombay Brasserie serves authentic Indian cuisine.
THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS
THISTLE KENSINGTON GARDENS
• 610 ac rooms • Club Room level • 2 restaurants/breakfast room/bar/ afternoon tea • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
AMBA HOTEL MARBLE ARCH
HHHH Marble Arch
This genteel Georgian townhouse in Bloomsbury is a peaceful hideaway that combines up-to-the-minute city sophistication with ample Old World charm. Rooms and suites are all elegantly designed. You’re just steps from the British Museum.
Discover tranquility in the heart of the metropolis. From the comfort of contemporary rooms, this Central London hotel affords stunning views across Hyde Park, and yet is minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.
Overlooking Oxford Street, this deluxe hotel has classic Art Deco design and combines sheer comfort and seamless technology. Guest rooms have in-room iPads® and complimentary mini-bars. You’re close to Bond Street and Hyde Park.
• 88 ac rooms, suites & apartment suite • Blue Door Bistro restaurant/ bar/alfresco dining/cigar terrace/afternoon tea in 2 conservatories • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/sauna/steam room/ massage • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 175 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • walking distance to dining, shopping & entertainment
• 692 ac rooms • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/refrigerator/coffee & tea maker/in-room safe
AMBA CHARING CROSS
THISTLE BLOOMSBURY PARK
THISTLE HOLBURN, THE KINGSLEY
HHHH Charing Cross
Rich in history, this newly renovated 1865 grand hotel is close to Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, The National Gallery, and other London landmarks. Step into guest accommodations with contemporary décor and the latest tech amenities.
Oxford Street shopping and West End entertainment are close to this historic boutique hotel, featuring modern guest rooms with city views. The contemporary Bloomsbury Kitchen specializes in modern British and European cuisine.
You’re within easy walking distance of Covent Garden, Oxford Street, and the British Museum from this historic deluxe hotel. Contemporary-style guest accommodations feature the latest entertainment amenities and city views.
• 239 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/afternoon tea • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 95 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 129 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
THISTLE LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORT
THISTLE TRAFALGAR SQUARE
HHHH Piccadilly-Leicester Square
HHHH Trafalgar Square
Close to Windsor Castle, Kew Gardens, and Wembley Stadium, this modern hotel represents ultimate London convenience. Watch the world go by at Runway View Restaurant, which features striking views of Heathrow’s Northern Runway.
Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Soho, Covent Garden, and all the excitement of London is right outside the doors of this 1887 Victorian hotel. Retreat to soundproof guest rooms with rainfall showers, Nespresso® coffee machines, and city views.
Experience a perfectly placed London hotel close to Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, and Covent Garden. Retreat to contemporary guest accommodations with the latest entertainment amenities and city views.
• 266 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 82 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 108 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
LONDON: HOTELS THE TOWER HOTEL
HHHH Tower Hill
A synergy of location, connectivity, and capacity, this hotel with stunning views from all rooms is nestled between the River Thames, St. Katharine’s Docks, and two World Heritage Sites – the Tower Bridge and Tower of London. • 801 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/afternoon tea/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • close to London’s popular attractions & transportation links
THISTLE CITY BARBICAN, SHOREDITCH
Close to the City and the vibrant neighborhoods of East London, this modern hotel welcomes guests into contemporary-style accommodations with city views. After a day of sightseeing, rejuvenate with a massage at the in-house spa. • 463 ac rooms • restaurant/café/2 bars • concierge/room service • indoor pool • Otium Health & Leisure Club/fitness center/Jacuzzi/ sauna/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi
Castle Combe in the Cotswolds
SCOTLAND & WALES
HISTORICAL TREASURES, CONTEMPORARY EXCITEMENT & FRIENDLY PEOPLE THE REGIONS
The rugged northern portion of the UK, Scotland conjures up by visions of tartan, kilts, and old stone castles. You’ll find some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, national parks, natural landmarks such as Loch Ness, and famous rural long-distance footpaths for hiking.
Take advantage of the recent Wales renaissance in brewing, which relies on local ingredients and flavors, served in some of the world’s most charming and picturesque pubs.
Climb to the top of the ancient walls surrounding the World Heritage Site of Conwy, a small medieval town on the coast of North Wales, and visit the charming castle for great sea and countryside views.
Isle of Skye
Malt Whiskey Trail
Royal Yacht Britannia
Explore the original birthplace of Scotch whiskey with a tour of the Malt Whiskey Trail, which runs through the Speyside region and includes the Glenfiddich and Glenlivet distilleries.
Visit the palatial Royal Yacht Britannia, which served the British Royal Family for over 40 years, now docked in Edinburgh’s Leith port.
Witness the sheer spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a military whirlwind display of music and entertainment with performers from over 46 countries.
The capital of Scotland, with a metropolitan population of about a million, Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere, with medieval palaces alongside modern architecture. Dive into a wealth of pubs, restaurants, and specialty shops. August brings the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts gathering.
Glasgow A fantastic example of cultural reinvention, Glasgow has a look all its own, thanks to local architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Once a thriving industrial center, the city has been reborn as a high-octane hub of creativity, energy, and style.
Wales One of the countries that form the United Kingdom, Wales is rich in history and natural beauty, and has a distinctive Celtic culture – which makes for some of the world’s most unusual and unpronounceable place names.
Ancient City Walls
Almost as notorious as haggis, the deep-fried Mars Bar has become a staple of local Glasgow “cuisine,” along with deep-fried pizza, which you’ll find in many of the city’s chip shops.
rivers, and castles in the heart of beautiful and rugged Snowdonia.
Edinburgh Royal Mile The main thoroughfare of Edinburgh’s Old Town, Royal Mile is home to stately Edinburgh Castle, Parliament Square, and an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs, and other attractions. Explore one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in Scotland: the romantic Isle of Skye, including the picturesque harbor town of Portree.
Rugby Action Check out the national sport of Wales by joining a full house at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium for an international-class rugby match.
Narrow-Gauge Railways Take an unforgettable ride on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, two narrow-gauge railways dating from the 1800s that pass coastlines, woodlands, mountains,
Isle of Skye, Scotland
SCOTLAND & WALES: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS 4-DAY ISLE OF SKYE & THE WEST HIGHLANDS
LOCH NESS, GLENCOE & THE HIGHLANDS DAY TOUR
WEST HIGHLAND, LOCHS & CASTLES DAY TOUR
Edinburgh / 4 Days-3 Nights / Rabbie’s Trail Burners
Edinburgh / Full Day / Rabbie’s Trail Burners
Edinburgh / Full Day / Rabbie’s Trail Burners
No words can describe these places, and no photos can capture these sights. There are castles so impressive you’ll rub your eyes in disbelief, mountains so magnificent you’ll remember them forever, and villages so quaint you’ll want to pack your bags and move in. Take this tour from Edinburgh and experience those everlasting moments, and discover the beauty of Skye and the West Highlands from a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach.
From Edinburgh, journey deep into the Highlands of Scotland on this monster-sized day tour. Hear the legendary stories of the Jacobites, gaze into gorgeous Glencoe, and get a chance to spot the mythical Loch Ness Monster. Experience all of this from the comfort of a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach. It’s a tour packed with bewildering beauty, and perfect if you’re short on time and want to see as much of Scotland as you can.
From Edinburgh, you can step inside a nature documentary, relive a history show, and explore the sights that inspired the postcards. This tour takes you on a journey through Scotland’s classic misty castles, sparkling lochs, wee coastal villages, and heather-clad mountains. It’s a one-day tour, with a maximum of 16 guests, that lets you discover Scotland’s iconic sights, while also showing you some of the country’s best-kept secrets.
THE BALMORAL EDINBURGH
GLASGOW MARRIOTT HOTEL
TRAVELODGE CARDIFF ATLANTIC WHARF
HHHHH Edinburgh, Scotland
Outstanding accommodations, service, and cuisine define this luxury hotel, an Edinburgh landmark. Opulent guest rooms overlook Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town, or the courtyard. The Michelin-starred “number one” serves contemporary Scottish fare. • 188 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • mini-bar/ coffee & tea maker/in-room safe
HHHH Glasgow, Scotland
HHH Cardiff, Wales
Hampden Park, Strathclyde Arts Centre, and the River Clyde are within easy walking distance from this modern high-rise hotel. Step into deluxe guest rooms with premium bedding and city views. Unwind with signature treatments at the spa.
The Wales Millennium Centre, Doctor Who Exhibition, Mermaid Quay, and other top Cardiff attractions are just steps from this modern hotel. After sightseeing, retreat to contemporary-style guest rooms with city views.
• 300 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • Spa in the City/fitness center/salon/sauna • jogging trail
• 112 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/complimentary breakfast • complimentary Wi-Fi
WAY MORE THAN JUST EMERALD GLENS & RURAL VILLAGES KNOW YOUR DESTINATION Modern Ireland is more than emerald glens and rural villages. In charmingly compact and eminently walkable Dublin, follow the trail of James Joyce’s Ulysses and visit the Guinness Storehouse to sample a glass – or two – of the country’s most famous export. Ruggedly sophisticated Galway has more than 50 venues for the lively arts, plus sandy beaches, waterfront museums, and lazy pubs brimming with locals. Ireland is a member of the European Union but not a member of the Schengen Area. Therefore, separate immigration controls are maintained. A valid passport is required for entry. Ireland’s sole currency is the euro (€). Like England, Northern Ireland’s currency is the Pound Sterling (£). Public or semi-public discussions about religious differences, political views, and “The Troubles” are generally avoided by locals on both sides of the border. While most Irish people are moderate in their views, it is wise to avoid any political or religious discussion unless you are invited to discuss these topics.
THE REGIONS Dublin The dynamic capital city of Ireland, Dublin is charmingly compact and eminently walkable. Shop, dine, and visit must-see sites such as Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse. Head for Grafton Street to try on the latest styles and watch the fabulous street performers.
Home to the bustling capital city of Belfast and beautiful rural landscapes and rugged coastlines, Northern Ireland puts out the welcome mat for hikers, fishermen, golfers, and those wishing to share a pint with warm and friendly locals.
There are many car rental companies in Ireland with offices in cities and at airports. Driving and road rules in Ireland are similar to those of Britain, i.e. drive on the left-hand side of the road. Distances are displayed in kilometers and speed limits in kph; Northern Ireland, like Britain, uses miles and mph.
Ireland Countryside Sophisticated Galway has more than 50 venues for the arts and hosts dozens of festivals showcasing film, jazz, and other arts. The spectacular Cliffs of Moher are the poster image for Clare, also known for the traditional Irish music you’ll hear in many pubs. Energetic Limerick is a people-watcher’s paradise thanks to its many cafés, restaurants, pubs, and performing arts scene.
GETTING AROUND Air Domestic flights in Ireland are essentially only available between Dublin, Kerry, and Donegal. Two airlines serve domestic airports for internal flights, Ryanair and Aer Arann.
Rail Ireland’s rail network covers most of the island (with the exception of the Northwest) and reaches almost all major cities and towns. Most trains in Ireland operate to and from Dublin’s two terminals. The InterRail Global Pass and InterRail One Country Ireland Pass are both valid on all trains in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher
IRELAND: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS 5-DAY ESCAPE TO THE SOUTH WEST
CLIFFS OF MOHER DAY TOUR
GAME OF THRONES DAY TOUR
Dublin / 5 Days-4 Nights / Rabbie’s Trail Burners
Dublin / Full Day / Abbey Tours
Dublin / Full Day / Abbey Tours
Explore one of Ireland’s most spectacular regions on this fiveday tour of Ireland, departing from Dublin, with a maximum of 16 guests. You’ll capture Atlantic waves crashing against rugged cliffs, impressive castles looming over ancient monasteries, and cities bursting with myth and mystery – as well as the chance of a whiskey or two. It’s a tour that’s perfect for people who like their mountains mighty, their music merry, and their memories magnificent.
This full-day tour from Dublin visits some of Ireland’s most famous spots, from the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher to Galway Bay, from the rocky Burren to Bunratty Castle, from the traditional village of Doolin to the River Shannon. It’s a busy day, but by their return to Dublin guests feel like they have been truly immersed in Irish history and culture. What better way to learn about this unique and fascinating country?
See the actual locations where the hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones is filmed on this full-day tour from Dublin, accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. Ride through the atmospheric, tree-shrouded Dark Hedges Road and marvel at the mystifying rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for a photo op at Dunlace Castle (a/k/a Harrenhal) and other filming sites, including Larrybane, Ballintoy Harbour, and Cushendun Caves.
IRISH ADVENTURE – 8 DAYS
SCOTTISH DREAM – 8 DAYS
TASTE OF ICELAND & IRELAND – 9 DAYS
Dublin / 8 Days-7 Nights / CIE Tours International
Dublin / 8 Days-7 Nights / CIE Tours International
Dublin / 9 Days-8 Nights / CIE Tours International
Take in the sights of Ireland north and south on this great value fast-paced tour. Tour Dublin and see the beautifully illustrated Book of Kells. Take a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry, marvel at the Cliffs of Moher, stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock, and immerse yourself in Irish farm life watching a sheepdog demonstration. See Donegal and Derry before venturing to the spectacular rock formations at the Giant’s Causeway.
Indulge in quintessential Scotland on this tour, featuring castles, the Highlands, and the Isle of Skye. Tour Glasgow and see its red sandstone Victorian buildings. Embark on a cruise of beautiful Loch Lomond. See Inveraray Castle, featured in Downton Abbey. Go behind the scenes at a distillery for a tour and whiskey tasting. See St. Andrews, the home of golf, and visit Edinburgh Castle, taking in its splendid views of the magnificent city.
Two magnificent destinations await: See Iceland’s highlights and hidden gems including cascading waterfalls, gushing geysers, and the charm of Reykjavik. Soak in the Blue Lagoon, traverse the Golden Circle, and visit icebergs. Then, on to Ireland, where you tour Dublin and visit Dublin Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone, and take a drive through the glorious scenery of the Ring of Kerry. Gaze at the wondrous Cliffs of Moher, and feast medieval-style in a castle.
FITZPATRICK CASTLE HOTEL
JURYS INN DUBLIN PARNELL STREET
RIU PLAZA GRESHAM DUBLIN
Located close to Dun Laoghaire and Killiney Beach, and a short drive from Dublin city center, this unique hotel overlooking Dublin Bay is based in an 18th-century castle. Retreat to individually designed guest rooms with bespoke furnishings.
This modern urban hotel stands near Dublin’s historic O’Connell Street, within easy walking distance of Henry Street shopping, Temple Bar, Abbey Theatre, and Trinity College. Contemporary-style guest rooms have city views.
Welcoming visitors for almost 200 years, this storied landmark hotel is within walking distance of Dublin’s many cultural attractions. The rooms have been redesigned in neutral tones, with big beds and huge windows that let the light flood in.
• 113 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/afternoon tea • indoor heated pool • fitness center/Jacuzzi/Scandinavian wood sauna/steam room/fitness classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 253 ac rooms • restaurant/coffee bar/bar • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 288 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/lounge • 24-hr room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • refrigerator/mini-bar on request/in-room safe
TRINITY CITY HOTEL
THE GEORGE LIMERICK
Old meets new at this upscale hotel where original buildings mix with stunning artworks and modern amenities. Retreat to guest rooms with exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and city views. You’re just steps from Trinity College and famous Temple Bar.
Overlooking the promenade, beach, and bay just outside Galway, this contemporary hotel welcomes guests into spacious accommodations with plush bedding and the latest tech amenities. Ocean Fitness features state-of-the-art facilities.
• 219 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 161 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge • room service • indoor pool • Ocean Fitness/sauna/whirlpool/hydrotherapy • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHH Limerick Located in Limerick city center, this stylish modern hotel is close to Thomond Park, Limerick Greyhound Stadium. St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Treaty Stone, and St. John’s Castle. Step into contemporary-style guest rooms with city views. • 124 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • golf nearby • complimentary Wi-Fi
EMBRACE A GORGEOUS COUNTRY THAT KNOWS HOW TO LIVE WELL KNOW YOUR DESTINATION With its sparkling cities and picture-book villages, sandy beaches and snow-capped mountains, rich artistic and literary culture, unbeatable cuisine and unparalleled wines, is it any wonder that France is the world’s most popular travel destination? It is the essence of chic and an absolute gem, virtually defining romance and glamour. Explore Paris’ bohemian Latin Quarter, climb the iconic Eiffel Tower, linger over coffee at an outdoor café, and window shop the famed Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. Two-thousand-year-old Lyon is France’s second-largest city and gateway to Beaujolais country. And glamour thrives on the sun-drenched French Riviera, including luminous Côte d’Azur and its gilded enclaves of St. Tropez, Nice, and Cannes. All US citizens need a valid passport to enter France. The euro (€) is the country’s sole currency. And English is a common second language in much of France, but as in most foreign countries, it always helps to at least offer a couple textbook words or phrases, even if fractured.
THE REGIONS Paris The brilliance of Paris resides in its ability to immerse you in the sophisticated pleasures of Le Louvre, NotreDame, and dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants, and encourage you to relax on a park bench with a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine. Laid-back and artsy types love the Latin Quarter, where the bohemian atmosphere lives on.
The Riviera The Cote d’Azur is as glamorous as its legend, and you’ll feel it in Cannes, St. Tropez, and Nice. The latter is a must for art lovers, with its Musée Chagall and Musée Matisse. The daily flower market in Vieux Nice is a fragrant diversion.
Wine Country Lyon is known for the products of Beaujolais, while in beautiful Burgundy, the names of the religious orders became the names of some of France’s most renowned wines. And Bordeaux is the most extensive wineproducing region of France.
Regional France Set along the Rhône in Provence, medieval Avignon is notable for the world’s largest Gothic building – the Palace of the Popes. The awesome French Alps region is a mecca for winter sports thrills.
connecting France to London, Brussels, Lausanne, Zürich, Milan, and other cities.
Car France has one of Europe’s densest highway networks, and driving is a good option for exploring the countryside. As in the US, France drives on the right. French highways are known as autoroutes, and most are toll roads. You’ll find narrow single-lane roads in the countryside, and very tight alleys in towns and cities built before the auto age.
Transit There are subway systems in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, and Toulouse, plus ultramodern tramways in Paris, Grenoble, Lyon, Bordeaux, and other cities.
GETTING AROUND Air France enjoys a robust domestic airline industry, making it quite easy and cost effective to fly around the country. A total of 185 airports handle hundreds of flights daily that link most of the country’s large and small cities to each other, from Paris, Marseille, Lyon, and Nice, to Biarritz, Bordeaux, Le Havre, and Rouen. Most of the domestic flights are run by Air France, easyJet, and Ryanair.
Rail In France, you can get pretty much anywhere by train. For long distances, it’s tough to beat the 200mph TGV, the cornerstone of Europe’s high-speed rail network Provence
The Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III
DINING AROUND Croissants, souffles, steak au poivre, le petit déjeuner, creme au caramel, mousse au chocolat, baguettes, pain au chocolat, madeleines, bouillabaisse, crêpes, crème brûlée. The single aspect of French culture that is easiest to access – and deliciously rewarding – is food and drink. And you need not dine in any of its 64 Michelin three-star restaurants to find the essence of French cuisine – you’ll find cozy brasseries on almost every corner. In general, try to eat where the locals do, and chances are you’ll enjoy a memorable meal.
And whether in Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, or the Loire Valley, France is the home of wine. Very affordable labels can be found just about anywhere.
UNITED KINGDOM BELGIUM English Channel
Dijon Tours Nantes
FRANCE Limoges Lyon Bordeaux
Monaco Avignon Biarritz
Gulf of Lions
THE ESSENCE OF CHIC, THE DEFINITION OF ROMANCE & GLAMOUR THE REGIONS Left Bank The Left Bank, a/k/a La Rive Gauche, historically known as an enclave of artists, is the place made famous by Picasso, Matisse, Hemingway, and untold other writers and artists. Though no longer affordable for starving artists, it is home to the bohemian Latin Quarter – with its lively student life at the Sorbonne – and the popular Montparnasse, full of great cafés and bars.
Right Bank Historically the more affluent side of Paris, the Right Bank is where the royals once built their grand palaces and mansions, and smart retailers open the doors to some of the world’s toniest shops on the Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. The huge Élysée Palace is the official residence of the president.
Suburbs A few miles southwest of central Paris, Versailles is a leafy suburb that’s home to the spectacular 700-room, 17th-century palace of the same name, built by King Louis XIV. And you’ll find the magic in Marne-la-Vallée, just east of the city, where Disneyland Paris has become a larger tourist draw than the Eiffel Tower.
TOP EXPERIENCES Montmartre After visiting the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (commonly known as Sacré-Cœur), head down the hill to the neighborhood of Montmartre, the subject of local artists such as Van Gogh, Renoir, and Picasso.
Paradis Latin Cabaret
Take a tour of the awesome 1,500-room Palace of Fontainebleau, a hunting lodge and retreat for French kings and royal families since the 12th century.
Don’t miss an evening at the glittering Paradis Latin, the oldest traditional French cabaret in the world, an intimate evening of nonstop singing and dancing.
Sit down for café au lait and people-watching at Café de la Paix, Le Select, Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore, or another of Paris’ classic “artists” cafes.
The most central high point in Paris, the observation deck of Montparnasse Tower is ideal for discovering all of the city – ideal for viewing the Eiffel Tower and other Paris monuments.
Pont Neuf Amble across the Pont Neuf to the tip of Île de la Cité for magnificent views of the city and the perfect place to unwind.
Jardin du Luxembourg Stroll the tree-lined promenades of the stunning Jardin du Luxembourg and its 57 acres of lawns, fountains, and gardens.
Palace of Versailles Discover the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles, including the royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen’s apartments, and the perfectly manicured gardens.
Seine Boat Tour See a different view of Paris during a hop-on/hop-off boat tour along the Seine, stopping at the Champs-Élysées, Le Louvre, Notre-Dame, and other attractions.
The Louvre Join a guided tour of classic exhibits like the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, and the Mona Lisa, all on prominent display at The Louvre. Versailles
Gare St. Lazare
Charles de Gaulle Airport
Arc de Triomphe Opéra Garnier
RIGHT BANK 7
Jardins du Trocadero
4 Grand Palais Place de la Concorde Musée de L’Orangerie Jardin du Tuileries Sie ne
Jardin du Palais Royal Palais Royal
Square du Temple
LES HALLES Forum des Halles
Musée du Louvre
Parc du Champs de Mars
Hotel des Invalides Musée Rodin
Place des Vosges
Place de la Bastille Opéra Bastille
Palais du Luxembourg
Roland Garros Stadium
Paris Orly Airport
Square St. Lambert
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin des Plantes
HOTEL LISTINGS Left Bank 1 Hotel Le Littre 2 Meliá Paris Notre Dame
Right Bank 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Grand Hotel Francais Hotel Waldorf Madeleine Hotel Waldorf Trocadero Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Meliá Paris Tour Eiffel Plaza Tour Eiffel The Westin Paris—Vendôme
Arc de Triomphe
PARIS: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS GUIDED VISIT LOUVRE WALKING TOUR
PARIS – LUNCH WITHOUT DRINKS
PARIS – DINNER WITHOUT DRINKS
Paris / 2.5 Hours / Paris City Vision
Paris / 2 Hours / Bustronome
Paris / 3 Hours / Bustronome
Located in the heart of Paris, the Louvre, formerly a royal palace, is one of the world’s largest and most celebrated museums. In the company of a guide, visitors will discover the museum’s most famous works: Leonardo de Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, the Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon I, and many more timeless masterpieces.
Board a luxury double-decker coach and sit down to a four-course gourmet lunch under a panoramic glass roof while seeing Paris’ great sights from a unique and original perspective. The Bustronome mobile restaurant takes you past the Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Palais, the Palais Garnier Opera House, the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and the Eiffel Tower. An audio guide is available in eight languages.
Enjoy a six-course gourmet dinner under a panoramic glass roof aboard a luxury double-decker coach while seeing Paris’ great sights from a unique and original perspective. The Bustronome mobile restaurant takes you past the Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Palais, the Palais Garnier Opera House, the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and the Eiffel Tower. An audio guide is available in eight languages.
INTERCONTINENTAL PARIS LE GRAND
HOTEL LE LITTRE
HOTEL WALDORF MADELEINE
Right Bank – 9ème / Opéra
Left Bank – 6ème / Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Right Bank – 8ème / Champs-Élysées Preferred Partner
Inspired by Napoleon III, this historic luxury hotel faces the magnificent Opéra Garnier, and is just steps from famous Place Vendôme shopping. Rooms and suites are sumptuously decorated in Second Empire style and offer exceptional views.
Comfort, modern amenities, and a staff with a personal touch define this boutique hotel, set between St-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse in the heart of Paris. Spacious, comfortable guest rooms have antique-style furnishings and large marble baths.
Paris’ famous landmarks, including Place de la Madeleine and the Champs-Élysées are within strolling distance of this Haussmann-style boutique hotel. Modern, soundproof guest rooms have marble baths and views of Boulevard Malesherbes.
• 470 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • Club Level with private lounge • 24-hr concierge & room service • I-Spa by Algotherm/fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/in-room safe
HOTEL WALDORF TROCADERO
• 90 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bar • 24-hr concierge/room service • sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi
MELIÁ PARIS NOTRE DAME
HHHH Right Bank – 16ème / Trocadéro
Set in a former 1920s private house, this hotel stands near the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, and the Eiffel Tower. Individually decorated rooms have views of the neighborhood or the glowing glass ceiling of the lobby lounge. • 44 ac rooms • breakfast room/lounge • concierge • mini-bar/in-room safe/LCD satellite TV • complimentary Wi-Fi
PLAZA TOUR EIFFEL
• 45 ac rooms • breakfast room/lounge • 24-hr concierge/room service • complimentary in-room Wi-Fi • mini-bar/in-room safe/LCD Satellite TV
MELIÁ PARIS TOUR EIFFEL
Left Bank – 5ème / Latin Quarter – Pantheon
Right Bank – 8ème / Champs-Élysées
Enjoy timeless romance in the heart of historical Paris at this exclusive hotel next to Notre-Dame Cathedral on the Left Bank. Guest rooms are decorated in traditional French country style, some facing the courtyard, others with great views of Notre-Dame.
On a quiet street within walking distance of the ChampsÉlysées and the Eiffel Tower, this stylish and elegant hotel occupies a beautiful neoclassical building on the Right Bank, near the Bateaux Mouches river cruise boats company.
• 39 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bar • room service • mini-bar/ in-room safe • robes & slippers • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE WESTIN PARIS—VENDÔME
• 64 ac rooms & suites • breakfast room/bar lounge • Conservatory patio • room service • mini-bar/in-room safe/slippers • complimentary Wi-Fi
GRAND HOTEL FRANCAIS
Right Bank – 16ème / Trocadéro
Right Bank – 1ère / Vendôme
Right Bank – 11ème / Bastille
Steps from the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, the Trocadéro, and the Arc de Triomphe, this boutique hotel is also close to the city’s legendary shopping. Soundproof rooms have contemporary décor and the latest tech amenities.
Overlooking the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, this landmark hotel is a posh retreat. Unwind in elegant rooms and suites designed by Sybille de Margerie, savor exquisite cuisine at boudoir Paris, and rejuvenate in the Six Senses Spa.
This romantic boutique hotel is within easy walking distance of Place de la Nation, Place de la Bastille, Père Lachaise, and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. After sightseeing, retreat to soundproof guest rooms with traditional décor and city views.
• 41 ac rooms & suites • complimentary breakfast/bar • concierge/room service • 24-hr fitness center/personal trainers available • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 428 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • Six Senses Spa/Westin WORKOUT® Fitness Studio • Wi-Fi available • Heavenly Bed®/robes/mini-bar/safe • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 36 ac rooms • restaurant & lounge/complimentary daily happy hour • concierge • complimentary Wi-Fi
A SUNNY MECCA OF CHARMING CHÂTEAUX, CULINARY PERFECTION & CULTURAL HERITAGE THE REGIONS
A center of gastronomic delight with 2,000 years of cultural and architectural heritage, Lyon is the gateway to France’s wine country. Vieux Lyon is packed with 15th-17th century buildings and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Bordeaux is itself an attraction and the ideal base for trips to Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Margaux, and Château Mouton Rothschild. Old Bordeaux – where many buildings date back to the 13th century and earlier – is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Embark on a tour of the beautiful medieval hilltop villages of Provence, including Gordes, Roussillon, Bories, Brantes, Venasque, and Vaucluse.
French Riviera All sunny skies and glamour, the Cote d’Azur is best known for the Cannes Film Festival, the rich-and-famous enclave of St. Tropez, and colorful Nice, where art lovers can graze through the Musée Chagall and Musée Matisse. For a splash of real color, head to the daily flower market in Vieux Nice.
Bordeaux Explore the beautiful Bordeaux region, and sample some of its renowned wines, among them Médoc, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mont St-Michel One of the smallest World Heritage Sites, the tiny, rocky island known as Mont St-Michel is home to the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey.
Montpellier Wander the historic and atmospheric city center of Montpellier, a university center full of elegant buildings, grand mansions, stately boulevards, shady backstreets, and leafy squares.
Part of the Principality of Monaco, Monte Carlo is almost a mythic place, its popular image that of a playground for the rich and famous. It has perhaps the most felicitous location in the world – hugging the Mediterranean Sea and backed by the French Alps, personifying the sun-drenched French Riviera.
Spend some time in the famous region of Champagne and explore the famed wine cellars of Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Taittinger, and other houses.
Normandy Beaches Pay tribute to the soldiers who fought on Normandy’s World War II beaches and D-Day battlefields on a tour to Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc.
Lyon’s Hidden Passages Check out the hidden “traboules,” or secret passages, that cut through some of Lyon’s historical buildings (or sometimes a whole city block), linking one street with another.
French Riviera Glamour Walk the picturesque and elegant palm-lined waterfront at Cannes, home to the world-famous Cannes Film Festival.
Casino de Monte-Carlo Even if you don’t gamble, be sure to visit the Casino de Monte-Carlo just to admire its distinctive Beaux-Arts style, which ideally fits its French Riviera setting.
Loire Valley Châteaux Join a tour of the stunning châteaux of the Loire Valley, especially Azay-le-Rideau, a Renaissance-style gem from the reign of François I.
Azay-le-Rideau Castle, Loire Valley
REGIONAL FRANCE: HOTELS NICE MARKET TOUR
ADAGIO BORDEAUX GAMBETTA
RADISSON BLU HOTEL, MARSEILLE VIEUX PORT
HHHH½ Nice / 4 Hours / My Riviera Tours & Transfers This exclusive guided food tour takes you to the open-air market of Old Town (Vieux Nice) to discover the region’s culinary culture and traditions. Stroll through the lively open market Cours Saleya, and discover true “cuisine niçoise” and the delicate rosé wine from Bellet.
FAIRMONT MONTE CARLO
Located in Bordeaux historic center, this modern apartment hotel is an easy walk from Place Gambetta and Bordeaux Cathedral, a World Heritage Site. After a day of sightseeing, retreat to contemporary accommodations with full kitchens and city views.
Marseille Sitting right on the harbor’s edge in Marseille’s Old Port, this stylish hotel boasts a location that’s “One of the best in town,” according to The Telegraph of London. Hide away in spacious, soundproof guest rooms with expansive city or sea views
• 111 ac rooms • breakfast restaurant • fitness center/sauna/hammam • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 189 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • Cinq Mondes Spa/fitness center • pétanque court • complimentary Wi-Fi
BOSCOLO EXEDRA NICE, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
KUBE HOTEL SAINT TROPEZ
Stunning Mediterranean views, a prime location just next to the famous Monte Carlo Casino, and trademark Fairmont service make this luxury convention resort the ideal choice for a memorable vacation. Catch the warm breezes on your own balcony.
An exclusive destination combining both the future and the past, this century-old Belle Époque hotel was recently renovated with modern luxury design. Sit down to Plancha Mediterranean specialties at La Terrasse Le BClub, featuring a 360° rooftop terrace.
Soak up the best of the French Riviera at this modernist resort hotel, set on a cliff overlooking St Tropez’ yacht-filled bay. Sleek minimalist rooms feature white geometric furniture and adjustable mood lighting.
• 602 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants including Nobu Monte Carlo/ 3 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor heated rooftop pool/ sundeck • Fairmont Spa/fitness center/sauna/hammam • casino • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 112 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • indoor & outdoor heated pools • Deep Nature Spa by Biologique Recherche/fitness center/sauna/hammam • complimentary Wi-Fi • bicycle rentals
• 41 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/ice bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck • spa/fitness center • media library • helipad • nightly entertainment
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ITALY ENJOY THE SILKY TASTE OF LA DOLCE VITA – THE SWEET LIFE KNOW YOUR DESTINATION
First of all, there’s art and lots of it. Then, there’s the architecture. Also, the food. The fashion. The festivals. The people. In fact, Italy is so bursting with attractions that a visitor’s biggest problem may be choosing a workable itinerary.
Beyond its many timeless attractions, Rome is peoplewatching on the Spanish Steps and shopping on the Via Condotti. Birthplace of the Renaissance, elegant Florence is all narrow alleyways and soaring architecture, crowded piazzas and hushed, reverent galleries.
Italy’s appeal is derived from its ancient architecture, historical significance, beautiful coastlines, and the pleasant Mediterranean climate of its southern regions. Rome is a picturesque treasure trove of antiquities, from the Colosseum, to the Pantheon, to Vatican City. The Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s truly impressive art collections, is one of the main lures of Florence, where the Renaissance was born. In Venice, forget about hailing a Checker cab, you’ll be traveling by water taxi, gondola, or vaporetto.
All US citizens need a valid passport to enter Italy. Italy employs the euro (€) as its sole currency. And while you’re likely to find people who speak English if you travel to major cities with robust tourism infrastructure, it’s better not to assume the same once you enter the hinterland.
THE REGIONS Northern Italy The reigning fashion and industrial center, Milan is the most modern of all Italian cities, though it had kept most of its history intact. La Scala, over 200 years old, is still the world’s greatest stage for opera. All weather-beaten buildings, quiet canals, and soft sunsets, Venice is one of the most romantic cities on Earth.
Naples is full of life, its narrow and winding streets teeming with small shops, and its vast artistic heritage elevated to World Heritage Site status. It’s also the gateway to the south, including the postcard-perfect towns of Positano and Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. More intrepid travelers may also like to explore Sicily, home to ancient temples and bustling markets.
Siena and Pisa in Tuscany – there will be one company (perhaps more) that serves those routes. Buses are best at reaching smaller towns.
Car Driving is a practical way to get around Italy if you’re traveling in a group or as a family, or if you’re staying in a country villa, wandering amid quaint rural villages, or traveling through the more remote parts of wine country.
GETTING AROUND Air Several airlines operate domestic flights in Italy, from national carrier Alitalia to budget airlines like easyJet and Ryanair, to smaller companies like Air Italy, Air One, Meridiana, and Air Dolomiti. Italy has 40 airports in all major cities, including two each in Rome and Milan.
Rail Train is usually the best option for navigating Italy as rail links just about every town or city of any significance via 200mph high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Eurostar Italia), intercity, regional trains, and international trains (Eurocity, Euronight).
Bus Bus travel in Italy is generally regional in nature. If you’re traveling between two cities in one region – for example, St. Peter’s Square
DINING AROUND Italian food is truly one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, and like the language and culture, “local” food in Italy differs in each region. Risotto, arancini, polenta, gelato, cornetti – try them all, of course. But even better, you can learn to make these and many more dishes. Take a cooking class – they’re easy to find – and master the fine arts of pastas, pizzas, sauces, and desserts. And great Italian fare isn’t only what’s on your plate – Italy is famous for its wine. The best vineyards tend to be in the middle of some beautiful scenery, and tours to these areas abound.
Lake Como Venice
Verona Portofino Bologna Florence Anacona Pisa Livorno
Corsica Rome Bari Naples Amalfi
Sardinia Ionian Sea
Messina Palermo Sicily Siracuse
A STUNNING CITY, WHERE THE PAST IS EVER PRESENT THE REGIONS
Everybody goes there, and that’s why everybody should: The Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are perhaps the most atmospheric spots in Rome – places to meet up, places to muse, places to relax and watch the passing parade.
Book your ticket (well in advance) for a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Hear the Pope’s weekly message, and receive the papal blessing.
Galleria Borghese Limited admissions mean that you can see tons of timeless artworks by Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian, Raphael, Rubens, and others in uncrowded bliss at the Galleria Borghese.
Discover the hidden history of Rome’s underground catacombs and burial chambers, including the Capuchin Crypt, where the remains of 4,000 Capuchin monks literally rest in pieces.
Head to Quartiere Coppedé, in Rome’s Trieste district, for a fantastical mix of Ancient Greek, Roman Baroque, Mannerist, medieval, and Art Nouveau architecture, all created by Gino Coppedè in 1919.
Tour the impressive features and sites of Vatican City, including St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, and the Vatican Museums.
West of the Tiber River
“Angels & Demons”
Trastevere, the charming district south of the Vatican, is full of narrow cobbled streets and lonely squares that have long served to inspire artists. Aventino and Testaccio are off-the-beaten-path districts with plenty of surprises as well as some truly great food.
A unique Angels & Demons tour takes you to some of Rome’s most beautiful spots, including movie locations, to decode the secret messages of the Illuminati and unravel other secrets.
Stroll the fabulous grounds of the Villa Borghese, a heartshaped English-style botanical garden with spreading shade trees and lawns, romantic walkways, and statues and fountains throughout.
Vatican City An independent country surrounded entirely by the city of Rome, the Vatican is the center of the Roman Catholic Church, filled with more history and artwork than most cities in the world. Don’t miss St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums.
East of the Tiber River This part of Rome is home to its iconic architecture and attractions, including the Pantheon and the Colosseum. There’s a great series of neighborhoods for dining and shopping, or just linger on the Spanish Steps and by the Trevi Fountain. Visit the Villa Borghese and Piazza della Repubblica, the center of ancient Rome.
TOP EXPERIENCES Rome Food Tour Embark on a unique walking tour of Rome that invites you to discover the history and legends of the Eternal City – and also learn to cook three kinds of pasta.
Villa Borghese Piazza di Popolo
Campo Marzio Sistine Chapel Citta Vatican Museum del Vaticano St. Peter’s Basilica
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Castel S. Angelo
Colonna r Teve Fiume
St. Peter’s Square
Giardini del Quirinale Trevi Fountain
Piazza della Repubblica
3 Piazza Navona
Fiumicino–Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Villa Colonna Piazza Venezia
Campo di Fiori
Arch of Constantine
HOTEL LISTINGS 1 Domus Australia 2 Fortyseven 3 Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina 4 Hotel Ariston 5 Hotel Atlante Garden 6 Hotel Atlante Star 7 Hotel De Russie, A Rocco Forte Hotel 8 Hotel Morgana 9 The Inn at The Roman Forum 10 The Inn at The Spanish Steps 11 Kolbe Hotel Rome 12 Marcella Royal Hotel 13 Palazzo Naiadi, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection 14 Romanico Palace Hotel 15 Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese
ROME: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS COLOSSEUM & ETERNAL ROME WALKING TOUR
DOLCEVITA – NAPLES, POMPEII, CAPRI & SORRENTO
ONE DAY IN FLORENCE BY HIGH-SPEED TRAIN
Rome / 2.5 Hours / Carrani Tours – Gray Line Rome
Rome / 2 Days-1 Night / Carrani Tours – Gray Line Rome
Rome / Full Day / Carrani Tours – Gray Line Rome
Take a guided tour of the Colosseum and archaeological area, skipping the long lines at the entrance. Led by passionate expert guides, you’ll marvel at ancient Rome’s major sights and breathe in the bloody past of the amphitheater and its atmosphere. Admire the splendid Arch of Constantine, and climb up Palatine Hill.
Explore the Neapolitan Coast and spend the night in charming Sorrento on this two-day tour. Visit the spectacular Roman city of Pompeii, tour the beautiful Island of Capri with the amazing Blue Grotto (weather permitting). Discover quaint Anacapri and its amenities. Day 1: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento; Day 2: Sorrento, Capri, Rome. Includes transport, guide, entrance fees, standard hotel room, two lunches, and dinner. (Also available in 3 days-2 nights option.)
Optimize your time and visit one of the most beautiful cities of the world at your own pace. Enjoy your Italian holiday taking a round trip by high-speed train to Florence. Visit the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” known worldwide for its treasures of art and architecture. Explore the city on your own to see Florence how you want to see it.
PASTA-MAKING CLASS: COOK, DINE & DRINK WINE WITH A LOCAL CHEF
ROME BY NIGHT WITH DINNER
SEMI-PRIVATE TOUR VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL & ST. PETER’S BASILICA
Rome / Half-Day / Take Walks
Rome / 3 Hours / Carrani Tours – Gray Line Rome
Rome / 3 Hours / Carrani Tours – Gray Line Rome
Learn to make two types of homemade pasta (tagliatelle and stuffed ravioli) from scratch with an expert Italian chef, then enjoy dinner, wine, and dessert on the atmospheric rooftop terrace. You’ll learn about Italian food culture and the importance of cooking with fresh ingredients, as well as enjoy snacks made by the chefs and plenty of wine throughout.
Kick off this guided walking tour with a gourmet three-course dinner at an elegant restaurant just a few steps away from the Trevi Fountain. From there, the walk continues to Piazza della Rotonda and the majestic Pantheon, followed by Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo, St. Peter’s Square, Tiberina Island, and The Mouth of Truth. The coach tour continues to Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill and ends with the enduring symbol of Rome – the Colosseum.
Enjoy a professional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping the long entrance lines, in a small group of no more than 11 guests with an English-speaking expert. Visit the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the stunning Raphael’s Rooms. Admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the powerful frescoes of the Last Judgment, and the chapel’s ceiling. Then visit St. Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll see Michelangelo’s “Pietà.”
GRAN MELIÁ ROME VILLA AGRIPPINA
HOTEL DE RUSSIE, A ROCCO FORTE HOTEL
THE INN AT THE ROMAN FORUM
Piazza del Popolo
This stunning oasis in the city center is just minutes from Vatican City, the Trastevere district, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Navona Square. Dine on Mediterranean fare at Ossimoro, guided by rising young chefs Carmine Buonanno and Alfonso D’Auria.
Modern Italian style courses through this landmark 19th-century luxury hotel, Travel+Leisure’s “#1 Hotel in Rome.” Rooms reveal an eclectic blend of modern and traditional elements, with ceiling-high French doors and city views.
Winner of a Condé Nast Traveler 2018 “Readers’ Choice Award,” this unique luxury hotel houses 2,000-year-old Roman ruins within its walls. Step into plush guest rooms feature marble baths, iPod® docking stations, and Nespresso® coffee machines.
• 115 ac rooms & suites including 29 RedLevel suites • RedLevel service • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • wine cellar • outdoor pool • Spa My Blend by Clarins/fitness center • sundeck • private garden
PALAZZO NAIADI, THE DEDICA ANTHOLOGY, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
• 120 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • De Russie Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/hydro-pool • terraced gardens • plasma satellite TV/robes • complimentary Wi-Fi
SOFITEL ROME VILLA BORGHESE
• 21 ac rooms & suites • complimentary breakfast buffet/lounge • 24-hr concierge & room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Via Veneto
HHHH Via XX Settembre
Grand inside and out, this exceptional hotel occupies a pair of historic buildings in the heart of Rome. Unusually spacious rooms overlook the Piazza della Repubblica, Santa Maria degli Angeli Basilica, Diocletian Baths, or the nearby neighborhood.
Stroll down Via Veneto to this neoclassical boutique hotel and enter a world of natural chic. Elegant, classical-style rooms have marble baths with Hermès amenities, Bose® iPod® docking stations, “handy” smartphones, and city views.
Set in a beautifully restored historic convent in central Rome, this deluxe boutique hotel welcomes guests into modern guest rooms with street or courtyard views. You’re within easy walking distance of the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese.
• 238 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor rooftop pool (seasonal) • Fusion Spa/fitness center/steam room/Jacuzzi/yoga/personal trainers • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 81 ac rooms & suites • La Terrasse Cuisine & Lounge/2 bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • 24-hr business center/ meeting facilities • close to nearby restaurants & attractions
• 32 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/hot buffet breakfast included • concierge • Chapel of St Peter Chanel • in-room safe • complimentary Wi-Fi
ROME: HOTELS FORTYSEVEN
HOTEL ATLANTE GARDEN
HHHH Termini Station
High style, attentive personal service, and close proximity to Rome’s enduring attractions define this boutique hotel. Art Deco guest rooms are packed with modern conveniences. Head to Circus restaurant on the roof for cocktails, dining, and priceless views.
Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colosseum, Via Veneto, Termini Station, and more of the city’s top attractions are easily accessed from this deluxe boutique hotel in Rome’s historical center. Comfortable, colorful guest rooms feature city views.
Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel are within walking distance of this classic-style hotel on a tree-lined street in downtown Rome. Indulge in comfort with antique furnishings, marble accents, and soothing Jacuzzi baths.
• 91 ac rooms & suites • lounge • fitness center • 24-hr concierge & room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 70 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar at Hotel Atlante Star/ panoramic terrace • concierge • Jacuzzis • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas • satellite TV
THE INN AT THE SPANISH STEPS
• 61 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr concierge/room service • fitness center/Turkish bath • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/ in-room safe
HOTEL ATLANTE STAR
HHHH Termini Station
A distinguished 19th-century building on a tree-lined street is home to this family-owned hotel, an excellent base for exploring the Eternal City. Les Etoiles and La Terrazza Paradiso serve Roman cuisine with knockout views of the city.
The Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, and Santa Maria Maggiore are within easy walking distance of this deluxe boutique hotel. After sightseeing, retreat to elegant classical rooms with city views.
Enjoy the highest standards of boutique hospitality in a privileged location on the famed Via Condotti, part of a new concept combining personalized services with a variety of luxury accommodation tailored to guest’s every desire.
• 70 ac rooms & suites (some with Jacuzzis) • 2 restaurants/bar/ panoramic terrace • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas • mini-bar
• 121 ac rooms & suites • restaurant (breakfast buffet), lounge • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center (at nearby Hotel Ariston) • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 59 ac rooms & suites • buffet breakfast (rooftop terrace)/lounge • 24-hr concierge & room service • airport transfer service • complimentary Wi-Fi
KOLBE HOTEL ROME
MARCELLA ROYAL HOTEL
HHHH Municipio I
HHHH Via Veneto
HHHH Via Veneto
Set in a magnificent 15th-century former convent, this luxury hotel is uniquely located in the heart of Rome. Explore this historic hotel’s enchanted gardens, one of Rome’s best-kept secrets, with orange, lemon, and olive trees all accessible to guests.
This family-friendly hotel is an ideal base for exploring the Eternal City, just a few minutes from the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Via Veneto. Head to the open-air Roof Garden for amazing panoramic views of the city.
An ideal base for exploring Rome, this classic hotel is close to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Via Veneto. Romantic guest rooms have unique frescoes, marble floors, and marble baths. Head to the Roof Garden for 360° views.
72 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • meeting rooms • close to the Roman Forum, Colosseum & Spanish Steps
• 90 ac rooms & suites • buffet breakfast • concierge/room service • rooftop solarium • satellite TV/mini bar • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 121 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/Roof Garden (seasonal) • 24-hr concierge/room service • Romamor Spa/fitness center/sauna/ Turkish bath • complimentary Wi-Fi
Neptune Fountain, Navona Square
Basilica Santa Maria della Salute
UTTERLY UNIQUE -- AND ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC CITIES ON EARTH THE REGIONS
Venice Walking Tour
All weathered buildings, quiet canals, and soft sunsets, Venice is one of the most romantic cities on earth. Travel by vaporetto to Piazza San Marco, shop in crowded marketplaces, and take a gondola ride along picturesque canals set under gracefully arched bridges. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was 600 years ago.
You don’t need a boat to navigate Venice, you can actually walk along narrow, winding alleyways and bump into such “hidden” sights as the ancient church of San Giovanni Elemosinario.
Mestre Essentially a suburb, Mestre stands at the foot of the causeway and rail bridge that connect the mainland to Venice’s historic center. It’s a must to visit one of dozens of pasticcerie for desserts, brioche, and other treats.
Murano Much like Venice, Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon. Famed for its eponymous glass industry, it’s full of small shops and appealing restaurants. Look for the “Vetro Murano Artistico” trademark decal in the windows of shops and showrooms that sell authentic Murano glass.
Burano The entire rainbow is represented in this small town, lined with hundreds of differently colored houses. Almost every shop here sells locally made lace products.
St. Mark’s Basilica Go inside St. Mark’s Basilica to see its awe-inspiring gold mosaics, the Pala d’Oro (golden altar), stunning frescoes, and Byzantine artworks.
Doge’s Palace A guided tour of the Doge’s Palace introduces you to the fascinating elements of Venetian history, including the sculptures, the Opera Museum, the courtyard, and the famous Golden Staircase.
Venice Chocolatier Sit down to the greatest cup of hot chocolate ever at VizioVirtù, the renowned cioccolateria in the San Polo district.
Grand Canal Boat Tour A private motor launch cruise on the Grand Canal is a superb way to see the city’s landmark palazzos, courthouses, markets, and bridges.
Gondola Cruise For the quintessential Venice experience, hire a gondola for a cruise on the city’s quiet back canals and discover hidden gems and fabulous photo opportunities.
Panoramic Views Ascend to the Skyline Rooftop Bar atop the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel for cool cocktails and breathtaking panoramic views of Venice.
Rialto Market Rub shoulders with the locals as they do their weekly shopping at the Rialto Market. Get there early for the Erberia (vegetables) and Pescheria (fish) markets in full swing.
Venetian Islands Visit the islands on the Venetian Lagoon to see traditional glassblowing in Murano and find locally made lace handicrafts in Burano.
Rialto Food Tour Answer the siren song of local cuisine in a local atmosphere, and embark on a flavorful “cicchetti crawl” in the bustling Rialto district. Devour small plates of olives, marinated seafood, and spicy meatballs. San Marco Square
VENICE: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS ALONE IN ST. MARK’S BASILICA AFTER HOURS TOUR WITH DOGE’S PALACE TOUR
ABSOLUTE VENICE TOUR – SKIP THE LINE
Venice / Half-Day / Take Walks
Venice / Half-Day / Park Viaggi
Enter St. Mark’s Basilica after closing time for an incredible, intimate experience. You’ll find the normally crowded basilica peaceful and incredibly beautiful, with its gold mosaics lit up. Exploring with an expert guide, you’ll learn the history of this east-meets-west building, a perfect reflection on Venice’s past. Additionally, include a skip-the-line tour of the other great site of Venice, the Doge’s Palace.
Take a walk in the historic center of Venice with a certified guide and visit the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of San Marco. Avoid long queues with a fast-access pass. You also will have the chance to visit the island of Murano at the end of the tour.
HILTON MOLINO STUCKY VENICE
HOTEL LOCANDA VIVALDI
GRAND HOTEL DEI DOGI, THE DEDICA ANTHOLOGY, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
HHHHH Cannaregio Est
HOTEL PALAZZO GIOVANELLI GRAN CANAL VENEZIA
HHHH Riva degli Schiavoni
Originally a 19th-century flour mill, this modernized hotel on Giudecca Island is a short boat ride from St. Mark’s Square. Savor elegant rooms, views from the terrace of the Skyline Rooftop Bar, and a relaxing spa, one of the city’s largest.
Relive the magic of ancient Venice and the splendor of its lagoon at this historic hotel, former home of composer Antonio Vivaldi. Posh guest rooms feature Venetian style with Oriental carpets, Murano glass and vases, and city views.
• 379 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop pool • eforea Spa at Hilton/fitness center • shuttle boat to St. Marks’ Square • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
• 27 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHH Santa Croce The epitome of elegance, this renovated grand hotel stands in Venice’s historic city center, close to the Grand Canal and Constitution Bridge. Step into guest rooms with classic Venetian style and views of the Tolentini Canal and Papadopoli Gardens. • 96 ac rooms & suites• restaurant/café/bar • 24-hr concierge/ room service • salon • library • boat excursions/limousine service • complimentary Wi-Fi
HOTEL SANTA CHIARA
HHHH Piazzale Roma
A 500-year-old boutique hotel, Piazzale Roma. style plus views or Piazzale.
monastery forms the basis of this deluxe located in front of Venice’s Grand Canal in Guest rooms feature authentic Venetian of the courtyard, Grand Canal, Rio Nuovo,
• 51 ac rooms & suites • lounge • 24-hr concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
A luxurious Old World atmosphere suffuses this 16th-century former monastery and embassy. Guest rooms are beyond opulent, with Murano chandeliers, Oriental rugs, marbletopped desks, antique furnishings, marble baths, and canal or garden views. • 64 ac rooms & suites • restaurant & lounge • concierge/room service • spa/fitness center/sauna/solarium • botanical garden • complimentary water taxi to St Mark’s Square • complimentary Wi-Fi
PAPADOPOLI HOTEL VENEZIA MGALLERY BY SOFITEL
HHHH Santa Croce
Set in a landmark 16th-century building, this deluxe hotel overlooking the Grand Canal is just steps from Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. Individually designed guest rooms feature Italian marble baths, premium Rubelli fabrics, and enchanting city views. • 41 ac rooms & suites • complimentary buffet breakfast/lounge • 24-hr concierge/room service • fitness center • private water taxi dock on Grand Canal • complimentary Wi-Fi
Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
FLORENCE, MILAN & BEYOND AWESOME ALPS, PICTURESQUE PIAZZAS, THE ESSENCE OF HIGH
Milan Tram Dinner
Birthplace of the Renaissance, elegant Florence is filled with narrow alleyways and soaring architecture, crowded piazzas and hushed, reverent galleries. Shop for gold bracelets and rich leather, people-watch in the shade of the Duomo, and listen to the clack of heels and rush of roaring Vespas over cobblestone streets.
Enjoy the unique experience of dining in international fare and traditional Milanese dishes on board one of two historic ATMosfera Trams while you tour the city.
Milan Alpha designers Prada, Versace, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana – as well as Da Vinci’s enduring masterpiece, “The Last Supper” – make cosmopolitan Milan their address while nearby Lake Como is a haven of tranquility, ringed by beautiful villages, exquisite villas, and snowpeaked Italian Alps.
Countryside (Siena, Sicily, Alps, Amalfi) A true Tuscan treasure, Siena is dotted with medieval plazas, palaces, and churches. Sicily, a rugged and attractive island on the southern tip of Italy, is filled with World Heritage Sites, befitting a destination that has not changed much in centuries. One of the planet’s most awesome natural landscapes, the Italian Alps have twice hosted the Winter Olympics: Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956 and Turin 2006. Picturesque Positano and Ravello nestle within the rugged terrain of the Amalfi Coast, known for its iconic cliff-side fishing villages.
Milan Mode Visit Milan’s Fashion District, where alpha designers Prada, Versace, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana are waiting to outfit you in haute style.
AC Milan Catch one of the world’s greatest soccer teams in action when AC Milan takes the field at legendary San Siro, its purpose-built stadium.
Palazzo Vecchio Facing Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio Piazza della Signoria is the spot where the Florentine republic was born, and you can admire it while noshing on a pizza pie at Ristorante il Cavallino.
Duomo Cathedral Ride the elevator to the roof of the Duomo Cathedral, see the perfect marble sculptures and the church spires up-close, and gaze out to the Milan skyline and the blue horizon.
Florence Via Vespa Rent a Vespa in Florence to explore the city, then motor out to the nearby vineyards and small villages to experience true Italian culture.
Tuscan Food Trip Revel in some of Italy’s finest wines, olive oils, chocolates, cheeses, pastas, and balsamic vinegars with a day trip to the sunny Tuscan countryside.
Uffizi Gallery Check out masterworks by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Uccello, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Rembrandt, and other legends at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Viale Market Milan’s largest and most famous market, the Viale Papiniano Market is the place to go for deals on designer apparel, footwear, and accessories, plus leather goods and rare fabrics.
Florence Market Lose yourself in the overwhelming sights and smells of the extraordinary, historic Florence Market, sampling wild boar prosciutto, pecorino sheep cheese, vine-ripened tomatoes, and other delights. Lake Como
FLORENCE, MILAN & BEYOND: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS TUSCANY WINE TRAIL
MILAN FOOD WALKING TOUR
HOTEL SAVOY, A ROCCO FORTE HOTEL
Florence / Full Day / Florencetown
Milan / Half-Day / Italy Segway
This glorious Tuscany Wine Trail tour will give you the chance to get acquainted with the history of wine, learn the different characteristics of wines, and get to know how to distinguish the acidity, the taste, and flavor pairings with food. Visit two wineries for wine tasting and olive oil tasting, and enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch, many photo opportunities, and the friendly feeling of spending the day with a small and intimate group of wine lovers.
This tour is a unique and memorable tasting experience through the historic district of Brera – the oldest neighborhood of Milan, where old-world charm meets a youthful downtown vibe. Savor six delicious food-tasting stops, including a local pastry shop, a pastificio (pasta factory), and a historical wine shop. You’ll also enjoy the city’s famous flavors, such as Risotto alla Milanese, Melanzane alla Parmigiana, Grappa, Italian Gelato, and Bicicletta.
On the Piazza della Repubblica, this posh hotel features recently refurbished rooms with marble baths and outstanding city views. Michelin-starred chef Fulvio Pierangelini’s Irene restaurant serves Tuscan cuisine with modern flourishes.
GRAND HOTEL ADRIATICO
MULINO DI FIRENZE HOTEL
HHHHH Florence – Duomo
HHHH½ Florence – Duomo
Florence – Santa Maria Novella
My Time / Preferred Partner
One of Europe’s most celebrated hotels, this regal property offers breathtaking views of the Giotto bell tower, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Duomo. It’s just steps to the Uffizi Gallery, museums, and shopping.
It’s just steps to the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Duomo, and River Arno from this modern high-rise hotel. Soundproof guest rooms, many with private balconies, spotlight Florentineinspired décor and furnishings, plus city views.
• 96 ac rooms & suites (exclusive amenities & Suite & More program) • 2 restaurants/bar • room service • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • private museum • complimentary Wi-Fi • inside main shopping area
• 129 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/breakfast included/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
PLAZA HOTEL LUCCHESI
RIVOLI BOUTIQUE HOTEL
HHHH Florence – Podere la Nave-La Torre
Fascinating historical architecture surrounds you at this deluxe boutique hotel, set in a former ancient watermill on the banks of the Arno River. Overlooking the courtyard, countryside, or river, the guest suites feature marble baths with saunas or whirlpools. • 41 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • spa • complimentary shuttle service to center of Florence • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHH Florence – Santa Maria Novella
VILLA OLMI FIRENZE
HHHH Florence – Santa Croce
• 80 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/outdoor terrace • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • EASY connect system throughout • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHH Florence – Bagno a Ripoli
Built in 1860 and recently renovated while preserving its original character, this elegant hotel features unique and unforgettable views from most guest rooms, some with private balconies. The rooftop pool and bar were made for ultimate relaxation.
A 14th-century Franciscan monastery in the heart of Florence is home to this elegant hotel, an easy walk from the Uffizi Gallery, Church of Santa Maria Novella, and Ponte Vecchio. Step into soundproof guest rooms furnished in a classic Tuscan style.
• 92 AC rooms & duplex suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi • private garage/bicycles • mini-bar/in-room safe • hair dryers/robes & slippers
• 87 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor heated pool/Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 62 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center • cooking classes/wine tastings • free daily shuttle bus to/from city center • complimentary Wi-Fi
HOTEL VILLA FRANCA POSITANO
GRAND HOTEL EXCELSIOR VITTORIA
One of the loveliest jewels in the Florentine artistic-historical heritage, this masterfully restored 18th-century complex is located just a short distance from the city center. Individually designed guest rooms have whirlpools and marble baths.
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this boutique hotel is perched on a cliff along the coast between Amalfi and Positano. Flooded with sunlight, guest rooms feature Etro bedding, L’Occitane bath amenities, Apple iPads®, and breathtaking sea views.
Set on a hill between craggy cliff tops and the glinting Mediterranean, this luxury adults-only boutique hotel embodies the enchantment of the Amalfi Coast. Sun-splashed guest rooms open to balconies or terraces with spectacular views of the coastline and sea.
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this historic 1834 hotel sits on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Plush guest rooms have marble baths and garden or sea views. Terrazza Bosquet has earned a Michelin star for its Mediterranean cuisine.
• 44 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool/indoor heated pool/beach club • spa/fitness center/sauna/yoga/Pilates • complimentary shuttle to & from Positano • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 44 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor rooftop pool • O’Spa/fitness center/Turkish bath • complimentary shuttle bus service to local beaches • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 83 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • 24-hr concierge/ room service • outdoor heated pool/whirlpool • Boutique Spa La Serra/ fitness center/personal trainers • kids playground • personal shoppers • complimentary Wi-Fi
SPAIN ALL FIESTA & FLAMENCO, ENERGY & PASSION -- AND A JOYOUS LOVE OF LIFE KNOW YOUR DESTINATION All fiesta and flamenco, energy and passion, Spain is best epitomized by its love of life. A beautiful hinterland and sensational coastline combine with cosmopolitan cities and rich historic and cultural heritage, while the diverse customs and flavors of everyday life entice and excite. The vanguard of Spain’s cultural life is found in Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. Each is worth a visit for the thriving street life and café scene alone, where tapas-tasting is something of a national pastime – ideally with una cerveza. All US citizens need a valid passport to enter Spain. The country’s sole currency is the euro (€). Some English is spoken in the major cities, though perhaps less than in other European countries; knowing a little bit of Spanish language may help you have a better experience.
THE REGIONS Madrid Spain’s modern capital of Madrid still manages to preserve the feeling of a small town, with traditional open-stall markets, plazas, and narrow cobbled streets. Madrid’s main park, El Parque de Retiro, is near the Prado Museum, one of the world’s great institutions, as well as the Royal Botanical Gardens and Museo Arqueologico. One of the wealthiest areas in Madrid, Salamanca sits to the northeast of Centro and is home to some of the trendiest boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and exclusive nightclubs in the city, as well as the American, Swiss, Italian, and French embassies.
The must-see city in all of Spain, Barcelona beats to its own Catalonian drum. One of the world’s great urban boulevards, a walk along Las Ramblas is a walk through the life and history of Barcelona. The cultural hub of Barcelona is also the oldest part of town and home to the Barcelona Cathedral, a main focal point. Home to many examples of modernist architecture, Eixample was a virtual canvas for Antoni Gaudí, who created its spectacular La Sagrada Família, unique Casa Batllo, and eccentric La Pedrera.
The state-owned Spanish National Railway Network (RENFE) connects all the capitals with Madrid and is operating more and more high-speed (AVE) trains. The Renfe Spain Pass allows non-residents to travel around Spain by train, including all AVE trains and the local Cercanías trains.
Bus Bus services in Spain run to more than 170 destinations. Most major routes are point-to-point, and very high frequency.
Regional Spain With ancient cities, amazing beaches, and the tallest mountains, southern Spain is an eye-opener. Romantic, sunny Seville bursts with joy and bustle – just check out the flamenco bars. Visit the Grand Mosque in the World Heritage Site of Cordoba, former capital of a Roman province as well as an Arab State. The Balearic Islands are popular destinations thanks to great beaches, gorgeous sunshine, roaring nightlife, and picture-perfect villages, led by Mallorca and Ibiza. One of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, the Costa del Sol combines a magnificent year-round climate with super beaches, charming villages, outstanding cuisine, and rich cultural heritage.
GETTING AROUND Air Spain is large enough that flying between major cities makes a lot of sense. There are excellent air connections from Madrid and Barcelona, which offer the greatest number of daily flights to Bilbao, Cadiz, Seville, Malaga, Oviedo, Valencia, Ibiza, and other destinations. Andalusia, Costa del Sol
Plaza de Espana, Seville
From paella, pimientos rellenos, and lentejas, to gazpacho, Empanadas Gallegas, and churros, the cuisines of Spain reveal a culture that’s passionate about its food (and wine).
Madrid – Prado Museum
Every region has its own distinct cuisine and specialties. Spain’s diverse geography virtually guarantees it, with an extensive shoreline promoting seafood, fertile farmlands providing fruits and vegetables, sprawling groves and vineyards producing olives and grapes, and mountainous highlands as the basis of its meats and cheeses. There has also been an explosion of top-notch domestic cooking talent: Michelin has awarded stars to almost 200 restaurants across the country.
Barcelona – Gothic Quarter Tapas Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter is more than architectural history – it’s where the best tapas bars reside. You’ll find numerous small shops and restaurants serving tasty local Catalan and Spanish delights.
See major works by the masters, including Goya, El Greco, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Dürer, Rembrandt, and Velázquez, at the Museo del Prado, one of the finest art museums in the world.
Regional Spain – Seville Sights
Madrid – Gran Via
Take in the views of the awesome Giralda Tower and Cathedral of Seville from the rooftop bar/terrace and swimming pool of the Hotel Doña María.
Head to Gran Vía (literally “Great Way”) for upscale men’s and women’s fashions, as well as nightlife, movie theaters, and a superb showcase of early 20th-century architecture.
Regional Spain – Mallorca Trip
Barcelona – Picasso Museum
Fly or hop a ferry to Mallorca for its sandy beaches and 300 days of sunshine each year. After the sun sets, the island’s nightlife is legendary.
See the best of Picasso’s greatest masterpieces at Museu Picasso, a grand collection of more than 4,000 works from all of the artist’s “periods” but especially his earlier pieces. Bay of Biscayne Bilbao
FRANCE San Sebastian
Gulf of Lions
North Atlantic Ocean
Salamanca Segovia Avila
Cordoba Seville Madiera Island
Granada Mediterranean Sea
Gulf of Cadiz Cadiz
Strait of Gibraltar
Costa del Sol
SPAIN: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS BARCELONA TAPAS TOUR “EN EL BARRIO”
GIRONA-FIGUERRES WITH DALI MUSEUM
MONTSERRAT COG-WHEEL TRAIN TOUR
Barcelona / Half-Day / Urban Adventures
Barcelona / Full Day / Julia Travel
Barcelona / Full Day / Julia Travel
Spend an evening with a small group strolling along the streets of Barcelona with an expert guide. Savor delectable cuisine and luscious wines while learning about the city’s historic wonders. See where the locals go and sample local dishes. Visit the open-air Boqueria market – Barcelona’s most popular food market. Then head to the Gothic Quarter and indulge in mouth-watering tapas.
Visit Spain’s two largest cities north of Barcelona. Experience history in the small streets of Girona’s old city center and its majestic cathedral, and enjoy the well-preserved medieval streets leading towards the riverbank’s famed pastel houses. Figueras’ Dali Theater-Museum holds an extensive collection of artworks representing Dali’s artistic evolution, from his first artistic experiments to his surreal creations and the art he made during the last years of his life.
This inspirational tour takes guests through charming little villages before arriving at the statuesque mountain of Montserrat. Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, home of the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Virgin Moreneta, the “Black Madonna.” The Royal Basilica has long been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Spain. On some days, the children’s choir sings in the monastery, and visitors may catch one of their delightful performances.
MADRID TAPAS ADVENTURE
MADRID HIGHLIGHTS, ROYAL PALACE
Madrid / Half-Day / Urban Adventures
Madrid / Half-Day / Julia Travel
Madrid / Full Day / Julia Travel
Experience the real Madrid by nibbling and chomping your way through the city. From Madrid’s oldest taverns to its modern hip hangouts, indulge in the most delectable cuisine – tapas. Taste samples of tapas while you enjoy the lively Madrid bar atmosphere in three different neighborhoods. Explore Spain’s culinary scene from the perspective of a local, and get a taste for Madrid’s culinary history, mixing up the modern gourmet market scene, historical taverns, and new trendy tapas bars.
Madrid is a city that has been developed through centuries, from its medieval origins to the Renaissance to the modern day. This tour visits iconic spots which show that development including Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor, The Prado Museum, the Ventas Bullring, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. It then continues to the Royal Palace of Madrid, one of Europe’s most beautiful and best-preserved palaces, official residence of the Spanish monarchy from 1765 to 1931.
Take a guided walk through the cobblestone streets of the beautiful historic hill town of Toledo, where Moorish, Christian, and Jewish cultures co-existed. Visit genuine Arabic, Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings, including the magnificent Toledo Cathedral, Victorio Macho Museum, Santa María la Blanca, Church of Santo Tomé, and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. There is also free time in the afternoon before returning to Madrid.
ALHAMBRA WALKING & GRANADA CITY TOUR
VALENCIAN TREATS & TASTES
Granada / 2 Hours / Julia Travel
Valencia / 3.5 Hours / Urban Adventures Limited
Explore the World Heritage Site of Alhambra, the enduring Islamic architecture around the palace complex, and Charles V Palace, which houses the Alhambra Museum. Then, explore Granada on your own with the Hop-On/Hop-Off Granada City Tour Train, featuring a panoramic roof, open deck in the summer, and onboard audio guides.
Food, glorious food! Valencia may be famous for its paella, but that’s just one flavor in this full-on, taste bud-tingling gastronomical heaven! Skip the rice and hop on this Valencia food tour that lets you sample a wide selection of traditional and local treats, from horchata to jamón to even artisan chocolates. Then, fill up even further with a grand finale of tapas and wine.
Embodying a modern style, this hotel is close to Madrid’s Museum of Natural Sciences, the US Embassy, the Prado Museum, and Plaza Mayor. Santceloni Restaurant has earned two Michelin stars for its updated traditional Mediterranean fare.
QUATRO PUERTA DEL SOL HOTEL
Madrid – Chamberí
• 171 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/massage services • helicopter transfers • complimentary Wi-Fi
Madrid – Chamberí
Madrid – Gran Vía
Madrid – Gran Vía
This upscale hotel occupies an 18th-century palace in the heart of Madrid’s cultural district. Guest rooms, many with private balconies, have Regency-style décor, marble baths, and boulevard views. El Jardín serves Mediterranean fare.
Located right on the Gran Via, this classic grand hotel in Madrid’s city center is close to the Royal Palace and Opera House, just minutes from the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen museums. Spacious guest rooms feature city skyline views.
This boutique hotel stands in the historical, cultural, and commercial heart of Madrid, close to the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen museums. Modern guest rooms showcase the latest tech amenities and city views.
• 302 ac rooms & suites • Club Level with private lounge • 2 restaurants/ bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 24-hr fitness center/massage services/2 saunas
• 232 ac rooms & suites • restaurant & bar/snack bar • concierge/room service • outdoor rooftop pool/solarium • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 62 ac rooms & suites • breakfast buffet • room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
SPAIN: HOTELS MAJESTIC HOTEL & SPA
SIR VICTOR HOTEL
Barcelona – Eixample
Barcelona – La Barceloneta
Barcelona – Eixample
Las Ramblas, the Plaza de Cataluña, and the Gothic Quarter are only a few steps away from this luxury hotel, set in a centuryold landmark building. Michelin-starred chef Nandu Jubany is gastronomic advisor for the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants.
The only hotel in the city with direct access to the beach, this posh avant-garde icon designed by architect Ricardo Bofill rises above Barcelona’s beachfront and boasts 360° panoramic views. Recently renovated guest rooms boast sea views.
• 286 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge • outdoor rooftop pool/sundeck • Majestic Spa/fitness center/yoga • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 473 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars/lounge/Eclipse rooftop bar • SALT Beach Club Restaurant • WET® infinity-edge pool/sundeck/ cabanas • Bliss® Spa/24-hr FIT® fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
A striking presence in a city known for cutting-edge architecture, this modern hotel is close to Barcelona’s commercial and business districts. After a day of sightseeing, retreat to contemporary guest rooms that open to private balconies with city views.
MARIANO CUBI APARTHOTEL
HHHH Barcelona – Horta
Located in a residential section of Barcelona, this sleek, modern hotel is just a short Metro ride from the city’s major attractions, including Gaudí’s famous Parc Güell. Hide away in sleek, modern guest rooms with city views. • 156 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • fitness center/jogging trails • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 91 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 lounges • outdoor pool • fitness center/Jacuzzi/spa services • complimentary Wi-Fi
MELIÁ MARBELLA BANUS
HHHH Barcelona – Avenida Diagonal
This family-friendly apartment hotel is just steps from Barcelona’s famed Avenida Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia, one of the city’s most exclusive shopping areas. Step into contemporary-style accommodations with kitchenettes and balconies. • 69 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/snack bar • spa services/personal trainers • bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHH Marbella In the heart of the Costa del Sol, this exquisite hotel stands next to the beach and the luxurious marina of Puerto Banús. Spacious accommodations overlook the gardens or sea. Enjoy exquisite cuisine, including an à-la-carte restaurant featuring local produce. • 200 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pools including adults-only pool/indoor heated pool • YHI Wellness & Beauty/24-hr fitness center/sauna • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
GRAN MELIÁ VICTORIA
HHHHH Mallorca This timeless urban luxury resort stands on the Palma de Mallorca seafront near Old Town and great shopping and entertainment. Guest accommodations feature classic décor and oversize windows with sea, cathedral, or city views. • 171 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • indoor & outdoor pools/terrace • fitness center/wellness services • complimentary Wi-Fi
MELIÁ CALA D’OR BOUTIQUE HOTEL
HHHHH Mallorca In the seaside resort area of Cala d’Or on Mallorca’s southeast coast, this modern resort welcomes guests into elegant, spacious guest rooms featuring stylish Mallorcan furniture, hydromassage tubs, and private terraces with garden and pool views. • 55 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/indoor heated pool • spa/fitness center/salon/ sauna/hammam • water sports/bicycle rental • complimentary Wi-Fi
PORTUGAL SUNNY SKIES, SANDY BEACHES, AZURE SEAS & LAID-BACK LIFESTYLE KNOW YOUR DESTINATION One of Europe’s hottest destinations, Portugal wins you over with its laid-back lifestyle, sunny beaches, idyllic weather, lively cities, azure seas and skies, and some of the warmest people you’ll ever meet. Exquisite, fashionable, and completely down-to-earth, the capital city of Lisbon is a treasure-trove of winding cobblestone streets, pastel bairros and red-tiled rooftops, and historic churches and monasteries. Porto has more than 50 lodges dedicated to wine production, most of which give tours. Outside the cities, step into a landscape of picturesque medieval villages and towns where life has changed little over several centuries. Get away from it all on the starkly beautiful beaches along the Algarve coast. All US citizens need a valid passport to enter Portugal; visas are not required for American visitors staying in the country for up to three months. The euro (€) is the sole currency of Portugal as well as 24 other countries. Apart from the major cities and tourist areas, English isn’t as widely spoken in Portugal compared to other European countries; if you make an effort to speak some minimal Portuguese, it can go a long way.
THE REGIONS Lisbon Fashionable Lisbon is full of cobbled streets, pastel neighborhoods, and Art Nouveau style, topped by a friendly accessibility. The city’s cool beauty is reflected in the decorative Manueline architecture of the Monastery of Jerónimos as well as the Torre de Belém, one of the most photographed monuments in Portugal.
The combination of great weather, sandy beaches, and azure seas and skies make this coastal region an increasingly popular resort area. If that’s not enough, tee off on 30 golf courses created by the likes of Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The older part of Lagos is still circled by city walls dating from the 16th century, but it’s now a water sports wonderland, lined by sandy beaches.
Lisbon’s subway reaches a considerable part of the city. Porto’s system covers 68 stations in six lines; most of the system is aboveground.
Car Portugal has a good road network composed of highways/turnpikes, secondary, and tertiary roads. Most of the major highways have tolls.
Porto Porto is a city of contrasts – it’s more than 3,000 years old, yet home to some of Europe’s most stunning modern architecture, including Alvaro Siza Viera’s neo-Art Deco Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and Rem Koolhaas’ spacey Casa da Música concert hall. Don’t leave town without sampling a glass of port wine, the region’s leading export.
GETTING AROUND Air Domestic air travel is limited and not inexpensive. TAP Portugal, the country’s flagship airline, and SATA International both have scheduled flights between Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira, and the Azores.
Rail Rail travel in Portugal is usually slightly faster than travel by bus, but services are less frequent and cost more. There is a network of regional and inter-regional trains, and the immediate areas surrounding Lisbon and Porto are reasonably well-served by suburban rail services. CP – Comboios de Portugal, the Portuguese railway company, offers an extensive rail network. Belem Tower
PORTUGAL: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS CLASSIC LISBON CITY TOUR
FÁTIMA, ÓBIDOS AND NAZARÉ TOUR
Lisbon / Half-Day / Ultratur Viajes
Lisbon / Half-Day / Ultratur Viajes
Lisbon / Full Day / Ultratur Viajes
Explore Portugal’s capital city on this introductory tour of dramatic Lisbon. Highlights include the Tower of Belém, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the Coach Museum, and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll through historical Alfama, enjoy a wine tasting, and pause for pictures at the beautiful Praça do Comércio.
Fátima is where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three local children in 1917. The shrine is a renowned site of pilgrimage for Christians around the world, and is visited by thousands of people every year. The tour visits the Basilica, the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, and the Chapel of Apparitions, allowing time to attend mass.
Spend a day among Portuguese historical landmarks – three of Portugal’s seven wonders are on this tour. Lose track of time in the medieval village of Óbidos, loomed over by a castle built in the 12th century. Enjoy lunch in Nazaré, a charming fishing village, and try to spot the traditional costumes still sometimes worn by locals. Finally, end the day in Fátima, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to deliver three secrets.
LISBON SUNSET FADO & TAPAS
SINTRA, CASCAIS AND ESTORIL TOUR
TIVOLI AVENIDA LIBERDADE LISBOA
Lisbon / Half-Day / Urban Adventures
Lisbon / Half-Day / Ultratur Viajes
This walking tour of Lisbon is the perfect introduction to Portugal’s capital city, its food, and its culture. It begins with a sip of Ginjinha, Lisbon’s trademark liqueur, made from sour cherries and sold as medicine since 1840, while listening to Fado music in a local tavern, and it only gets better from there. Guests ride on vintage Tram 28 and enjoy the sunset over the city, as well as wandering through its historic streets before the tour concludes in an old palace.
Visit the town where the Portuguese royal family once summered, including the National Palace of Sintra. Enjoy free time to visit Sintra’s craft shops and sample the famous local pastries. Continue to Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of Europe), passing famous Guincho Beach, to Cascais’ seaside “Boca do Inferno” and the Bay of Cascais. On the return trip, pass through Estoril, home of the famous casino.
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this grand 1933 hotel is a Lisbon landmark in the heart of the city. Guest rooms overlook the city, Avenida da Liberdade, or the courtyard. Condé Nast Johansens calls the property “an attraction in itself.”
AVANI AVENIDA LIBERDADE LISBON
• 250 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/4 bars/pool bar/complimentary breakfast • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool • Anantara Spa/24-hr Tivoli Shape fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi
Located on Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s main shopping street, this luxury hotel is close to iconic historic sites as well as great dining and shopping. Relax in contemporary guest rooms abounding with amenities and natural light, plus garden and city views.
This neoclassical hotel, flanked by the Castle of São Jorge and Rossio Square in the Baixa Pombalina district, features soundproof rooms, many with balconies and city views. Savor exquisite dishes at Varanda de Lisboa.
Designed in distinctive Pombalino architecture style, this exceptional boutique hotel in downtown Lisbon stands between Rossio Square and the hillside of the São Jorge Castle. Individual guest room design focuses on authentic Portuguese tiles.
• 119 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge/room service • outdoor pool • 24-hr AVANIFIT fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 350 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/wine cellar/BBQ terrace • 24-hr concierge & room service • solarium • complimentary Wi-Fi • mini-bar/in-room safe/robes • complimentary private parking
ANANTARA VILAMOURA ALGARVE RESORT
TIVOLI CARVOEIRO ALGARVE RESORT
• 53 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/complimentary breakfast/ rooftop bar/wine cellar/wine shop • 24-hr concierge & room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
TIVOLI MARINA VILAMOURA ALGARVE RESORT
Algarve – Vilamoura
Algarve – Carvoeiro
Algarve – Vilamoura
Overlooking the Arnold Palmer-designed Victoria Golf Course, home of the Portugal Masters, this luxury hideaway welcomes guests into spacious rooms and suites with contemporary style and private balconies with garden, pool, or fairway views.
This modern, family-friendly luxury resort stands atop Vale Covo cliffside, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Contemporarystyle rooms feature plush bedding and Nespresso® coffee machines, and open to private balconies with resort or ocean views.
An icon of the Algarve coast, this modern luxury hotel opens directly onto the white-sand beachfront of Vilamoura. Step into spacious guest rooms with contemporary style and marina or ocean views. Head to Purobeach for live entertainment every evening.
• 241 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor & indoor pools/kids pool • Tivoli Spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna/steam room • kids club • golf nearby • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 383 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor & indoor pools/kids pool/Jacuzzi/beach club • Tivoli Spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna/steam room • kids club
• 263 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars/Emo Wine Boutique • 24-hr concierge & room service • 4 outdoor pools/indoor pool/kids pool • Anantara Spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna/steam room/yoga/tai chi • Victoria Golf Course tennis • Adventurers Kids’ Club
GREECE A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, FROM ANCIENT ATHENS TO SUNNY ISLES KNOW YOUR DESTINATION
Greece is a land of sunshine and seas, of weatherworn ancient architecture and powdery beaches, fiery ouzo and plump olives, afternoon siestas and barefoot sandy strolls. Take to the cobblestone streets that wind among the pastel-colored houses and old-fashioned tavernas of Athens, and visit the Acropolis of Athena and its majestic ancient Parthenon.
The Acropolis and the Parthenon are the most famous of the ancient icons that endure in Athens, a modern metropolis. Take to the cobblestone streets that wind among pastel-colored neoclassical houses and oldfashioned tavernas. The old Turkish quarter, the Plaka, is like a village within a village; with most streets now closed to vehicle traffic, the restaurants, shops, and cafés are thriving.
Due perhaps to the “distributed” nature of Greece’s numerous islands, there is extensive domestic air service, mostly via Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines. Both lines fly out of Athens and Thessaloniki, and you’ll find connections to other mainland cities, as well as Corfu, Mykonos, Naxos; Rhodes, Samos, and Santorini, among others. The smaller Sky Express serves many of the same destinations.
The Greek Isles – all 6,000 of them – are lined with golden stretches of sand with dunes, sheltered bays and coves, and coastal caves with steep rocks and black volcanic soil. The breathtaking scenery of Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini is a perfect backdrop for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, waterskiing, sailing, and windsurfing.
The national rail system in Greece is limited (at least partly due to the country’s difficult terrain). InterCity or InterCityExpress trains connect Athens, Thessaloniki, Corinth, Patras, Katerini, and Argos.
The Dodecanese Islands are home to Rhodes, a sunworshipper’s paradise of sugary beaches and medieval ruins. To the northwest, dip in the stunning blue shores of Mykonos with its cliff-carved streets tempting bronzed revelers into a heart-pumping nightlife. Somewhere between tanning and dancing, go for a hike around Santorini’s fantastic caldera, a natural dome created by the planet’s largest volcanic eruption. English is the most widely studied and understood foreign language in Greece, and basic knowledge of English can be expected from almost all personnel in the tourism industry and public transport services, as well as most Greeks under the age of 40. All US citizens need a valid passport to enter Greece. The euro (€) is the sole currency.
Northern/Thessaloniki Rugged terrain and remote beaches mark the landscape of Northern Greece, and contrast with its hip major city, Thessaloniki, renowned for its festivals, vibrant street life, and remarkable 3,000-year-old history, evinced in The White Tower, ancient churches, and other relics of its Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman past. Nearby is fabled 9,570-foot Mount Olympus; Vikos Gorge, one of the steepest gorges in the world; and Delphi, a major archeological site.
Bus Greece has extensive bus service via KTEL, an association of independent regional operators. The system is efficient, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. In addition, there’s local service on Corfu, Crete, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, and other islands.
Boat Ferries are the best way to reach the islands, thanks to extensive connections from Athens or Patras to Corfu, Crete, Hios, Lesvos, Rhodes, Samos, and other islands; there is also regular island-to-island service available. There is regular hydrofoil service to many of the major islands.
GREECE: SIGHTSEEING CAPE SOUNION TOUR (PRIVATE)
DELPHI TOUR (PRIVATE)
HALF-DAY ATHENS SIGHTSEEING TOUR (PRIVATE)
Athens / 4 Hours / tourgreece
Athens / Full Day / tourgreece
Athens / Half-Day / tourgreece
After meeting with your guide and driver, begin the journey to Cape Sounion with a leisurely drive along the Attica Riviera, passing by the beautiful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. See the majestic Temple of Poseidon, with its spectacular view towards the Saronic Gulf. After visiting the Temple, there’s free time to stroll on the rocky promontory of Sounion.
Depart Athens, passing by the cities of Levadia and Thebes, and in less than two hours arrive at Arachova, a small village at the foot of Mt. Parnassus, a major tourist destination in winter for skiing (short stop). Afterwards, drive to Delphi, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world. Visit the Oracle, the navel of the Earth (called “omphalos” in Greek), and the Museum of Delphi, which houses some of the most impressive treasures of the antiquity.
This tour welcomes you to a panoramic view of all major monuments of Athens such as the Panathenaic Stadium (short stop), the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Constitution Square (Syntagma) where the Parliament stands with the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, and the National Library, plus a detailed visit to the Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum, home to the wonders of the Greek Classic Era.
ONE DAY CRUISE TO HYDRA – POROS – AEGINA
CITY WALK & ISLAND TOUR (PRIVATE)
Athens / Full Day / tourgreece
Mykonos / 4 Hours / tourgreece
Mykonos / 4 Hours / tourgreece
This cruise visits three islands of the Saronic Gulf, beginning with Hydra, a jet-set favorite, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions bear silent witness to a long and turbulent history. Then, head to Poros, where a narrow strait offers enchanting views of the town. Finally, visit Aegina and its capital, at the northwestern end of the island. Due to its proximity to Athens, it’s a popular summer vacation place.
Start this city and island tour by walking Mykonos’ narrow streets and enjoying the view of the small port, windmills, and churches. Continue the tour by bus, passing various beaches on the way to the village of Ano Mera, with free time for a walk or visit to Panagia Tourliani monastery. Proceed to Kalafatis Beach, with free time for a relaxing afternoon by the sea before returning to town for fantastic views.
Only a 45-minute boat ride from Mykonos, Delos was the center of the Cyclades of the ancient world and legendary birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Visit the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Sanctuary of Artemis, the Old City and the theatre, and famous Lion Street. In the Museum of Delos, admire Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman sculptures, a collection of vessels from all periods, and items of everyday use.
MYKONOS SUNSET CRUISE / AFTERNOON TOUR
AKROTIRI BUS TOUR
Mykonos / Full Day / T2G A.E.
Mykonos / 2 Hours / tourgreece
Santorini / Full Day / tourgreece
Explore the island of Mykonos on this off-road safari, visiting the north side, the lighthouse, the higher regions, the water reservoir lake, the area around Ano Mera with the women’s monastery, and the old Venetian fortress Paleokastro. Enjoy lunch by the sea in one of the gorgeous bays before driving to the south with its great beaches for a stop to swim. At the last stop, above Mykonos town, take a wonderful panorama picture.
Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon cruise from Ornos Bay to Delos (weather permitting). See the coastline, parts of the ancient site, and the port from aboard the ship. The cruise to Delos goes along the south coast in windy conditions. The cruise follows the sun until the moment it sets with its majestic colors reflecting on the sea. A choice of drinks and light snacks is included.
This tour covers the most important places of the island, including the Akrotiri archaeological site from the Bronze Age, Red Beach (famous for the color of the sand), black-sand Perivolos Beach, a walking tour of the beautiful traditional village of Megalochori, Profitis Ilias (the island’s highest peak, with striking views from the top), a tasting at Santo Winery’s vineyard, and Oia, known for breathtaking sunsets and one of the most photographed places in Greece.
CALDERA OIA SUNSET BOAT TOUR
OIA FIRA WINERY TOUR – PRIVATE
SEMI-PRIVATE CATAMARAN TOUR
Santorini / Full Day / T2G A.E.
Santorini / Half-Day / T2G A.E.
Santorini / 5.5 Hours / tourgreece
Enjoy some amazing sightseeing on this full-day tour, beginning at the volcano where you can climb to the top with your guide and also swim in hot springs. Dine on your own on Thirasia island, then travel on foot or via donkey to the picturesque port of Oia, where you can stroll the village and its narrow streets, and catch a fabulous sunset.
Visit a local winery in Oia, where you will taste some wines in a room that overlooks the vineyards. Later, continue to the capital of the island, Fira, where you will have free time to walk and browse in the local small shops and cafés.
Discover Santorini’s beautiful coastline on this delightful catamaran cruise, which includes a BBQ meal with unlimited drinks and snorkeling equipment on board. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear blue waters at Red Beach, and sail past the big lighthouse south of the caldera. Explore secluded volcanic beaches, experience the volcanic hot springs, or simply relax on deck. An option for an extended tour with a stop below Oia to watch the sunset is also available.
GREECE: HOTELS DIVANI PALACE ACROPOLIS
Not only does this modern hotel stand in the shadow of the Acropolis, but the ancient ruins of Themistocles’ Wall are preserved in its basement. Spacious rooms open onto balconies overlooking some of the world’s best-known monuments. • 250 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/snack bar/pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool • complimentary shuttle to Constitution Square
ST. NICOLAS BAY RESORT
TITANIA HOTEL ATHENS
This elegant hotel in the heart of the city center, is within walking distance of the Metro and a short ride from the Acropolis Museum, Parthenon, Greek Parliament, Omonia Square, and National Archaeological Museum. Retreat to comfortable soundproof rooms with marble baths and city views.
This newly renovated hotel is surrounded by the most important monuments of Grecian history, including the Acropolis, and close to entertainment and shopping. Soundproof guest rooms feature contemporary design, the latest tech amenities, and city views.
• 136 ac rooms & suites • 2 all-day restaurants/café bar/pool bar • 24-hr room service • 22-meter outdoor rooftop pool/hydro-massage pool • fitness center/sauna/hammam/massage services • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 385 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
ROYAL MYCONIAN RESORT & THALASSO SPA CENTER
MANOULAS BEACH HOTEL
Escape to an oasis of elegance at this contemporary beachside resort, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Retreat to guest accommodations with plush bedding, marble baths, and private balconies or terraces with dreamy garden or sea views.
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this Greek treasure is its own modern-day myth, overlooking famed Elia Beach. Take a dip in the heated indoor pool, and relax with fresh fruit and refreshments in comfortable lounge chairs.
• 107 ac rooms, suites & villas • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/indoor heated pool • Poseidon Spa/fitness center/salon/sauna/ Jacuzzi/Turkish bath/yoga • water sports center • live entertainment/art gallery • kids club/game room • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 148 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants, 3 bars, complimentary breakfast, 2 coffee shops/cafés • concierge • outdoor pool • Thalasso Spa Center, fitness center • water sports nearby • nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi
Familiar as the location where the hit movie Shirley Valentine was filmed, this classic Greek Isle resort overlooks Agios Ioannis Bay and the island of Delos. Guest rooms feature modern décor and open to private balconies or terraces with garden or sea views.
COSTA GRAND RESORT & SPA
• 77 ac rooms & suites • breakfast restaurant/2 bars/pool snack bar • outdoor seawater pool • complimentary Wi-Fi
MYSTIQUE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL
The warm black sands of Kamari are right outside the doors of this exceptional hideaway on the east coast of Santorini. Step into sleek, modern guest rooms opening to private terraces or balconies with resort or sea views. Unwind at the full-service spa.
Set where Perivolos Beach meets the Aegean Sea, this adultsonly retreat is “relaxed and unpretentious, and a haven of tranquility,” according to The Telegraph of London. Step into sleek suites with balconies or walled patios with plunge pools or whirlpool tubs.
Carved into the rugged caldera cliffs, this adults-only boutique hotel overlooks the turquoise Aegean Sea and the famous volcano that has shaped this exceptional island. Stunning suites and villas open onto panoramic sea-facing terraces or balconies.
• 116 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar/complimentary buffet breakfast • room service • outdoor pool/private beach/cabanas • Serenity Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
SANTORINI SECRET SUITES & SPA
• 12 ac suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr concierge/room service • outdoor pool • The Asian Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 41 ac suites & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars/wine cellar • 24-hr concierge & room service • 2 outdoor pools (1 infinity-edge) • Asian Spa Resort/fitness center • wine tastings • complimentary Wi-Fi
VEDEMA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT
SANTORINI PALACE HOTEL
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this exquisite adults-only boutique resort redefines luxury in the sunny, fabled Greek Isles. Step into guest suites with traditional island architecture and private verandas with breathtaking Caldera views.
Tucked away within the medieval village of Megalohori, this exquisite resort has evolved from a 400-year-old winery into an authentic Cycladic-styled gem. Spacious villas have marble baths, private pools, and terraces with village or vineyard views.
Set in Fira, the island’s capital, this laid-back resort is Santorini’s first hotel, standing just steps from the cliff of the caldera, and delivering panoramic views of the volcano. Sleek guest rooms open to spacious sun-kissed balconies.
• 46 ac suites & villas •3 restaurants/2 bars/wine tasting • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool/sundeck/Jacuzzi/private beach • Asian Spa Resort/fitness center/sauna • cooking classes/wine tastings • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 110 AC rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/pool snack bar • concierge/ room service • outdoor pool/Jacuzzi/sundeck • spa/fitness center/sauna/ Turkish bath • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 17 ac suites/ac villa • restaurant/pool bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor infinity pool • Harmonia Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES WITH DISTINCTIVE COSMOPOLITAN CHARACTER THE REGIONS
Amsterdam Bike Tour
Suffused with a relaxed charm, the capital city of Amsterdam impresses with eclectic architecture, excellent museums, a serious party scene, and a mix of people and cultures unlike any other city in Europe. It’s easy to get around by bike, canal boat, and your own two feet, thanks to medieval city planning, flat terrain, 160 canals, and 1,100 bridges. Seek out the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, where you’ll see the best of the Dutch masters.
Due to Holland’s small size, domestic air travel is relatively limited. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operates domestic flights from Amsterdam to Eindhoven and Maastricht.
Join a small group to explore Amsterdam the “Dutch way” – by bike. Pass alongside the city’s charming canals, and see the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, and Red Light District.
Regional Netherlands Zaanse Schans showcases green wooden houses and an array of picture-perfect Dutch windmills. Rotterdam, Holland’s second largest city, is full of fascinating postWWII architecture. The Hague houses the International Court of Justice as well as the residence of Queen Beatrix. The triangle formed by Leiden, Lisse, and Haarlem is literally one of the most colorful destinations in the world, spotlighting extensive flower bulb growing fields.
Belgium The cosmopolitan city of Brussels has evolved into the unofficial capital of the European Union. At the city’s heart is the colorful Grand Place, a flower-filled square ideal for sitting, having a beer, and watching the world pass by. Bruges’ medieval beauty and charm is best captured in its cobbled streets and tranquil canals.
There is no domestic air service in Belgium.
Rail The Netherlands has a modern and extensive railway network, with the state-owned NV Nederlandse Spoorwegen operating most services. The high-speed Intercity Direct and NS Hispeed trains connect Rotterdam to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or the city of Amsterdam.
Anne Frank House Visit the Anne Frank House, site of one of the 20th century’s most compelling stories: a young Jewish girl forced into hiding with her family to escape deportation by the Nazis – and keeping a secret diary of her days.
Most of Belgium is well connected by train, run by NMBS, the national railway, with main routes passing through Antwerp, Namur, or Brussels. Trains leave, on average, every half-hour between all major Belgian cities.
Buy your lunch and snacks from a FEBO vending machine, Amsterdam’s updated version of New York City’s bygone Automat restaurants – open 24 hours.
Join a boat tour to the countryside to marvel at the fanciful iconic windmills of Zaanse Schans, followed by a bike ride through the colorful tulip fields at Spaarndam.
Buses provide regional transport within The Netherlands, either to destinations not served by the rail network or connecting destinations where a train journey would require an impractical detour. Conexxion and Arriva are the main operators. In Belgium, bus routes blanket the whole country. The TEC group offers an extensive bus service throughout Wallonia with connections to Brussels; De Lijn serves Flanders with connections to Brussels; and STIB buses cover the Brussels metropolitan area.
Belgian Specialties In Brussels, get your fill of three Belgian specialties: waffles, chocolate, and beer.
Historic Rotterdam Tour one of Europe’s most intriguing cities, and discover Rotterdam’s modern architecture, like the eye-catching Cubic Houses, as well as historic buildings that survived WWII, like the old Town Hall.
BELGIUM • THE NETHERLANDS: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS AMSTERDAM BEER TOUR
HOP-ON/HOP-OFF BUS TO ZAANSE SCHANS, EDAM & VOLENDAM
IN THE CITY OF BIKES
Amsterdam / Half-Day / Urban Adventures
Amsterdam / Holland Ticket Services
Amsterdam / Half-Day / Urban Adventures
Delve into the world of Dutch beer on this walking tour, incorporating great cafés and drink stops. Begin near the original Heineken building, an appropriate starting place for this adventure. Walk the streets of central Amsterdam, stopping to sample local beers and learn about the influences that have shaped the Dutch brewing industry. Finish the adventure at a legendary local beer hall that stocks more than 200 different varieties of beer.
Departing from Amsterdam, this hop-on/hop-off tour through Holland’s picturesque countryside is the perfect way to explore outside the city and experience the rich culture. You can hop off as often as you wish and enjoy typical historical villages such as Zaanse Schans. En route, enjoy amazing country views away from the hustle and bustle of the city. When planning your trip to Holland, be sure not to miss this gem of a tour.
Inspired by Pete Jordan’s book In the City of Bikes, this Amsterdam bike tour gives you the ultimate local perspective on the city’s incredible array of canals, dykes, bridges, and culture, complemented by a healthy dose of Amsterdam’s quirkiest tales. Get a street-level view of Amsterdam like the locals do – by bike – and experience the city’s obsession with history, adventure, and fun while hearing tales of resistance, love, confiscations, and anarchy.
ADAGIO BRUSSELS GRAND PLACE
This exclusive grand hotel, dating back more than a century, is just steps from Grand Place and the Parc de Bruxelles. Guest rooms are a monument to French Renaissance style, with wrought-iron furnishings, rich tapestries, stained glass, and leather couches.
Set within easy walking distance from Brussels’ famous grand Place, this apartment hotel stands in a lively neighborhood in the heart of the city., close to great dining and shopping. Modern accommodations feature full kitchens and city views.
Discover quintessential Dutch elegance in an intricate maze of 25 connected Golden Age canal houses in the historic center of Amsterdam, within walking distance of the Anne Frank House. Luxurious guest rooms have canal or courtyard views.
• 140 ac rooms • breakfast restaurant • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 225 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/garden (seasonal) • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center • private boat launch • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 286 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
SOFITEL LEGEND THE GRAND AMSTERDAM
HHHHH Amsterdam, Netherlands A favorite of the elite, this venerable hotel offers ultimate luxury in historical ambiance, set between two picturesque canals in the heart of Amsterdam. Enjoy modern and trendy seafood and fish dishes at Restaurant Bridges, awarded a Michelin star. • 177 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service/butler service • indoor heated pool • So SPA at the Grand/So FIT gym • mini-bar/safe/turndown service • complimentary Wi-Fi
RADISSON BLU HOTEL, AMSTERDAM
HHHH Amsterdam, Netherlands Set in a row of historic 18th- and 19th-century buildings along two canals in the city center, this deluxe hotel welcomes guests into spacious rooms decorated in Scandinavian, maritime, and other colorful themes. It’s an easy walk to major attractions. • 252 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/sauna/solarium • complimentary Wi-Fi
SWITZERLAND A EUROPEAN PARADISE SHOWCASING THE BEST OF EVERYTHING THE REGIONS French Switzerland (Geneva) Extravagance is not limited in beautiful, genteel Geneva, as the regal architecture, tree-lined promenades, and fashionable boutiques attest, not to mention the presence of several Michelin-starred restaurants. Stroll along the shore of Lake Geneva, where the Jet d’Eau – the tallest fountain in the world – sprays water almost 500 feet in the air.
German Switzerland (Zürich) Belying its stern face as a city of bankers and financiers, Zürich surprises you with fascinating architecture, compelling museums, more nightclubs per capita than any other European city, and the Bahnhofsstrasse – one of the most exclusive (and expensive) shopping streets in the world. The all-season alpine resort of Interlaken is a magnet for enthusiasts of skiing, hiking, boating, swimming, and other outdoor pursuits.
Italian Switzerland (St. Moritz) An alpine resort town with 300 sunny days a year plus reliable ski-worthy snowfall? Only in Switzerland. A twotime Winter Olympics host, St. Moritz is a snowy sports wonderland. But golf, hiking, biking, mountaineering, sailing, and other warm-weather pursuits make it ideal year-round.
GETTING AROUND Air SWISS (Swiss International Air Lines) and Etihad Regional offer domestic flights within Switzerland, connecting Basel, Geneva, Lugano, Zürich, and Berne.
Rail Underpinning the densest public transport network in the world, Switzerland’s SBB covers virtually the whole country, including domestic high-speed trains as well as trains that link local systems to regional systems and to intercity systems. A few routes, especially Alpine lines, are operated by the individual rail companies. The main hub stations are Basel SBB, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Luzern, and Zürich HB.
Bus A comprehensive system of buses reach every single village and hamlet in the country, covering ground – such as in the high mountains or deep countryside – left untouched by the trains. Bus and train timetables are coordinated. Most bus lines in Switzerland are operated by PostBus Switzerland – yes, the country’s post office – in a system that’s amazingly punctual. Various regions also have their own local bus companies, in lieu of or alongside postbuses, but all are equally reliable.
products, from high-end Swiss watches and chocolates, to cuckoo clocks and genuine Swiss Army knives.
Jungfrau Railway Reach “Top of Europe” via cogwheel railway up the aweinspiring Jungfraujoch, 11,333-feet high in the Bernese Alps, Europe’s highest-elevation train station.
Alpine Cogwheel Train Board the cogwheel train in Montreux and ride up the steep mountain to Rochers-de-Naye for audacious views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.
Extreme Sports Head to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, a popular base camp for paragliding, hang gliding, bungee jumping, canyoning, river rafting, rock climbing, and other extreme sports.
Matterhorn Bow to the awesomeness of the majestic Matterhorn when you visit Zermatt, a car-free mountain town best known for outstanding skiing and mountaineering.
Alpine Skiing Strap on your skis for some awesome downhill action on the slopes at St. Moritz, Gstaad, Davos, Klosters, Zermatt, Verbier, Grindelwald, and Mürren, among others.
Castle of Chillon Visit the inspiration for one of Lord Byron’s greatest poems, the Château de Chillon, a thousand-year-old castle on the shores of Lake Geneva near Montreux.
Shop Swiss Products Shop almost anywhere in Switzerland for its iconic local
SWITZERLAND: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS CHAMONIX & MONT BLANC TOUR
MOUNTAINS, CHEESE & CHOCOLATES TOUR
ZURICH & SURROUNDINGS
Geneva / 9 Hours / GTA
Zürich / 9 Hours / Best of Switzerland Tours
Zürich / Half-Day / Best of Switzerland Tours
This fascinating tour consists of a drive via motor coach through the picturesque Arve Valley from Geneva to Chamonix, France, one of the most famous mountain villages at the foot of majestic Mont Blanc. Marvel at the splendid backdrop of the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. At the end of the tour you can be dropped off at Gare Routiere bus terminal, Place Dorciere, or Geneva Airport.
Three words that say “Swiss” – mountains, cheese, and chocolate – are the focus of this tour that departs Zürich along Lake Zürich to the nearby Lindt Chocolate Shop. Scenic drive to Stein for a visit of the show dairy, home of the famous Appenzeller cheese (including tasting). Continue to Brülisau for an aerial cable car to the peak of Hoher Kasten for great view, and enjoy an optional lunch at the spectacular revolving restaurant. On to Appenzell for a short guided walking tour. Return to Zürich.
Discover Zürich and its surroundings in a comfortable coach on this extended city tour. Your guide highlights the main points of interest, including the famous shopping avenue Bahnhofstrasse, the financial district, and university quarter. Enjoy a photo stop at Lake Zürich and a short stroll through the Old Town, then cross Lake Zürich by ferry and ride a cable car up to Felsenegg viewpoint with stunning views of the town, the lake, and the snow-capped Alps.
ADAGIO GENEVE MONT BLANC
GRAND NATIONAL LUCERNE
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this deluxe hotel occupies a beautifully renovated 1872 building on Lake Geneva. Spacious, soundproof guest rooms feature elegant furnishings, the latest tech amenities, and courtyard, city, or lake views. • 39 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/sauna/massage services/yoga • live music • complimentary Wi-Fi
EMA HOUSE HOTEL SUITES ZURICH
Recently renovated, this modern apartment hotel is centrally located in Zürich, within walking distance of the Museum of Design and Swiss National Museum. Retreat to contemporary guest accommodations with marble baths and city views. • 23 ac suites • breakfast included • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
SORELL HOTEL SEEFELD
This excellent value hotel puts you in the heart of Zürich near the shores of Lake Zürich, close to Bahnhofstrasse shopping street and Old Town. Step into sleek, modern guest accommodations featuring views of the courtyard, city, or lake. • 64 ac rooms • restaurant/complimentary breakfast/bar • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
Just a few blocks from Lake Geneva and the famous Jet d’Eau fountain, this modern hotel welcomes guests into soundproof, contemporary-style accommodations featuring full kitchens and city views. • 102 ac rooms • breakfast restaurant • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Lucerne One of Europe’s most storied grand hotels – created by Cesar Ritz and Auguste Escoffier – this exceptional luxury property stands on the shores of Lake Lucerne and welcomes guests into deluxe accommodations with Italian marble baths and city or lake views. • 41 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/cafe/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor heated pool • spa/fitness center/sauna • casino • complimentary Wi-Fi
Brandenburg Gate, Germany
GERMANY & AUSTRIA DISCOVER A MULTITUDE OF ADVENTURES & DELIGHTS THE REGIONS
The land of Bach and Beethoven, Nietzsche and Goethe, soaring castles and natural spas, the Autobahn and high-speed trains, Germany is a beacon of culture and accomplishment.
Germany’s major cities are served by either Lufthansa, germanwings, Cirrus Airlines, OLT, and InterSky.
Germany’s capital city of Berlin is a nexus of openmindedness and artistic freedom where you can still visit Cold War relics like Checkpoint Charlie and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Bustling with fashion and commerce, Munich embraces modernity while still reveling in fairy-tale Gothic architecture, while the nearby Bavarian Alps straddle Germany and Austria with mountain villages, glacial lakes, icy waterfalls, and impossibly green forests. Hoist a stein of foaming wheat beer to the sounds of an oompah band at one of the city’s biergartens.
Austria With lyrical landscapes, classical music, rich cuisine, and inspiring architecture at almost every turn, it’s easy to mistake Austria for a theme park. But of course, it’s the parks themselves that have been modeled after Austria. Tour the magnificent baroque churches and maze-like Old Town of Salzburg – home of Mozart, the waltz, and The Sound of Music. And just a glance at the Baroque and Rococo architecture confirms the sheer opulence of Vienna, from stunning St. Stephan’s Cathedral to the palaces of the aristocracy. Sit with a steaming cup of Brauner or Mokka in one of the legendary coffeehouses – much like Mozart, Klimt, Freud, and Mahler did, back in the day.
Austria’s domestic travelers are served by Austrian Airlines, Tyrolean Airways, InterSky, Niki, and Welcome Air, connecting Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Innsbruck, and other cities.
Rail Germany’s railway system reaches most parts of the country, with long-distance and many regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn, plus other long-distance trains operated by other companies over secondary routes. Austria provides a dense network connecting major cities and many towns, with trains operated mostly by stateowned company ÖBB.
Bus Germany’s long-distance bus travel market is currently served by numerous private operators in a very dense network of regional and local bus lines. Austria’s comprehensive ÖBB Postbus network is especially useful for reaching out-of-the-way places and local destinations.
TOP EXPERIENCES The Sound of Music Locations See the spectacular landscapes and iconic locations where the Oscar®-winning movie The Sound of Music was filmed in and around Salzburg.
Viennese Specialties In Vienna, make sure to sample some fresh Apple Strudel, or better yet, learn how it’s made at Café Residenz, where the pros use the same recipe enjoyed by the Habsburgs in the 18th century.
Berlin History Tour Join a walking tour of Berlin to learn about the city’s turbulent past, stopping at The Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, Luftwaffe HQ, Checkpoint Charlie, and other sites.
Bavarian Castle Visit one of the world’s most recognizable buildings, the Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the “Mad King of Bavaria,” in homage to Richard Wagner – and an inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Mozart in Salzburg Listen to the magical music of Mozart almost every day of the year in his hometown of Salzburg, including the Schloss Mirabell Palace, the Landestheater, and the Salzburg Festival Halls.
Oktoberfest Sip (or chug) Bavaria’s best beers in Munich during the 16 days of Oktoberfest, the world’s largest yearly festival.
German Wurst Sample one of Germany’s most iconic foods – the wurst – in its many forms, including currywurst and Bockwurst in Berlin, weisswurst in Bavaria, bratwurst in Nuremburg, and Rindswurst in Frankfurt.
GERMANY • AUSTRIA: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS FOOD & ART IN FUNKY KREUZBERG
STORYLINE OF BERLIN
BAVARIAN BEER & FOOD TOUR
Berlin / Half-Day / Urban Adventures
Berlin / Half-Day / Urban Adventures
Munich / Half-Day / Radius Tours
Enjoy a slightly off-kilter look at Berlin on this tour of the neighborhood of Kreuzberg. Once a bohemian area home to immigrants and artists, it has since become more upscale – but retains its artistic heritage. Along the way, guests see where Old Berlin traditions meet new influences and discover the tasty hidden gems of the Quarter.
Times have changed greatly in Germany, and Berlin is no exception. While strolling the streets of this city, go on a journey to explore the political changes that have occurred over the decades, and gain some further insight into modern Berlin culture. The guides have their own pictures and original documents, as well as old and new maps, that make this Berlin walking tour experience all the more memorable, and make this stunning city’s past come to life.
Explore Munich’s beer culture and learn about the rich history of Bavarian beer and food, how beer is brewed, and the different types available (which you’ll sample), and introduce you to the best traditional Bavarian food in all its variety. Join an exclusive private tour through the new Beer and Oktoberfest Museum and a traditional beer garden. Experience traditional Bavarian cuisine in one of the city’s finest old beer halls, and finish at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus.
NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE DAY TOUR
FULL DAY SALZBURG TOUR
VIENNA & SCHÖNBRUNN TOUR
Munich / Full Day / Radius Tours
Vienna / Full Day / Mondial Travel
Vienna / Half-Day / Mondial Travel
Join this tour to the enchanting Old World town of Füssen in the foothills of the Alps, to the fabulous and ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle, an icon of Germany and the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. A guide will bring you on the train journey from Munich and back, and uphill to the castle’s lofty perch for stunning views. You’ll also have preferred access for the separate tour of the king’s private chambers by a special castle guide.
Relax in a comfortable bus on this tour from Vienna to Salzburg, spotlighting the beautiful Salzkammergut countryside. Stop at St. Gilgen, with its stunning view of the Wolfgangsee (recognizable to fans of The Sound of Music). A guided tour of Salzburg showcases the historical center, Mirabell Palace, the Getreidegasse (the street where Mozart was born), University Church, St. Peter’s Abbey, the Salzburg Cathedral, and the Festival Hall.
See Vienna’s most noteworthy sights on this half-day guided tour, spotlighting the Ringstrasse, including the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum, the Museums Quartier (the former Habsburg winter residence), the Parliament, the City Hall, and the Burgtheater. Afterwards, visit the showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace, and drive past the Belvedere Palace, home of the largest Gustav Klimt collection in the world.
SOFITEL BERLIN KURFURSTENDAMM
HOTEL RIU PLAZA BERLIN
HOTEL DREI LÖWEN MUNICH
Germany – Berlin
Germany – Berlin
Germany – Munich
A stunning Art Deco building is home to this luxury hotel in the heart of Berlin, close to Charlottenburg Palace and other attractions. Spacious contemporary suites feature marble baths, Bose® audio systems, the latest tech amenities, and city views.
This striking modern high-rise hotel stands in the center of Berlin, close to the Kurfürstendamm, one of the city’s most famous avenues, the Berlin Zoo, and more major attractions. Spacious guest rooms have contemporary décor and city views.
This stylish hotel in the heart of Munich is close to the main railway station, Karlsplatz Stachus, the city’s shopping areas, and the Oktoberfest festival grounds. International cuisine and Bavarian specialties is served in the stylish Löwenbar.
• 44 ac suites • 2 restaurants/bar • Clefs d’Or concierges/24-hr room service • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 357 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/convenience store • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 96 ac rooms • restaurant/breakfast buffet/bar • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
TRYP MUNICH CITY CENTER
HOTEL SANS SOUCI WIEN
MARKUS SITTIKUS HOTEL
Germany – Munich
Austria – Vienna
Austria – Salzburg
A contemporary hotel with spacious rooms, efficient service, and a warm atmosphere, this property is located in the heart of Munich, near Marienplatz and the Oktoberfest site, and close to the Deutsches Theatre and the city’s most famous bierkellers.
A landmark in central Vienna since 1872, this stylish grand hotel is filled with modern amenities and artistic charm, and sits in a prime location near the Museums Quarter, Museum of Fine Arts, Volkstheater, and other attractions.
Set in a historic 19th-century building, this unique hotel combines modern style with tradition and puts you close to Salzburg Cathedral and Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Step into individually decorated guest rooms with city views.
• 206 rooms (ac available) • breakfast restaurant/bar/24-hr mini-market • room service • gym/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 63 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/breakfast buffet/bar • concierge/ room service • indoor pool • Sans Souci Spa/fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 39 ac rooms • breakfast buffet • complimentary bike rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi • in-room flat screen TVs
Prague, Czech Republic
CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND & CROATIA WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HISTORY, AND REVEL IN THE VIBRANT OPTIMISM OF TODAY THE REGIONS
Since it shook off the chains of repression in the 1990s, the Czech Republic, and in particular the capital city of Prague, has become one of Europe’s major tourist destinations. Bearing a striking resemblance to Paris of the 1920s, Prague is packed with classical buildings and cobblestone streets that have all survived history’s tumult, and has fortified its Bohemian air with new restaurants, shops, galleries, cafés, and clubs.
In the Czech Republic, flights between Prague, Brno, and Ostrava are operated by CSA Czech Airlines.
Poland A country rich in tradition and centuries-old customs, Poland holidays offer a mix of historic cities and natural beauty, all wrapped up in a fascinating landscape. Be immersed in a world of 13th-century beauty in the historic center of Krakow, where the Old Town was among the first sites to be chosen for UNESCO’s original World Heritage List.
Croatia Croatia is the Slavic soul of the Mediterranean, a dreamy land of gorgeous beaches and ancient Roman ruins where the warm and engaging people retain a strong tie to the land and traditions that nourished their dream of independence for so long. Inside the historic walled city of Dubrovnik, marble streets and baroque buildings glint with a pearly light in the Adriatic sunshine. The port city of Split is an excellent base for exploring the country’s long coastline and the many islands that lie just offshore.
Polish national carrier LOT has daily domestic connections between Poland’s biggest cities with its hub in Warsaw. Additionally, low-cost airline Ryanair and regional airline SprintAir also provides service between several larger cities.
Poland’s well developed network of private charter bus companies tend to be cheaper, faster, and more comfortable than rail travel. A very comprehensive bus network connects all parts of Croatia; service between major cities is quite frequent, as is regional service.
TOP EXPERIENCES Prague Castle
National airline company Croatia Airlines connects major cities in Croatia to each other (Zagreb to Dubrovnik, Pula to Zadar, Split to Osijek, etc.), as well as to foreign destinations.
Learn all about the medieval Prague Castle, a World Heritage Site and the largest coherent castle complex in the world.
The Czech Republic’s comprehensive rail system reaches even the most remote locations and is operated mostly by state-owned Ceské Dráhy, along with two new private operators, Regiojet and Leo Express.
Experience Bohemia’s most renowned spa town with a day trip to Karlovy Vary, better known as Karlsbad, nestled deep in a forested valley dotted with thermal springs
In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP Intercity for long-distance routes and PolRegio for regional routes. There are also several regional lines as well as fast urban rail systems in larger cities.
Get a taste for local life on a food tour that tells the story of Krakow through its markets and cafés.
Much has been invested in updating Croatia’s aging infrastructure and train cars, and service is markedly improving; the trains are clean and run mostly on time. The network connects all major Croatian cities, except Dubrovnik (which connects to Split via bus).
Bus The Czech Republic has an elaborate system of bus transportation served by both state and private companies.
Krakow Food Tour
Krakow Jewish District Join a walking tour of the best preserved Jewish district in Europe, visiting Krakow’s synagogues and unique 16thcentury cemetery.
Historic Dubrovnik Wander the walled streets of Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, lined with spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains.
CZECH REPUBLIC • POLAND • CROATIA: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS DELUXE CRUISE (DALMATIAN PARADISE) EX SPLIT – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS – DELUXE
DELUXE SUPERIOR CRUISE (ONE WAY WONDERS) EX DUBROVNIK – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
SOUTHERN EXPLORER CRUISE EX SPLIT – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS – TRADITIONAL ENSUITE
Split / 8 Days-7 Nights / Katarina Line
Dubrovnik / 8 Days-7 Nights / Katarina Line
Split / 8 Days-7 Nights / Katarina Line
Join a cruise along the charming Croatian coastline and islands on a lavishly designed, fully air-conditioned vessel with spacious en-suite cabins. Itinerary includes exciting gastronomical and sightseeing experiences with guaranteed weekly departures (May-Oct.) and visits to Split, Pelješac peninsula, Mljet, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, and Bol.
The perfect way to fully experience the Croatian islands and coastline is by sailing on an intimate luxury mini cruiser. Spend mornings on spacious decks and swimming in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, and evenings to explore small historical towns. This one-way cruise from Dubrovnik to Split brings you the best of the Southern Dalmatian islands with numerous extra services, plus wine and gourmet experiences included in the package.
All you need is a few T-shirts and a swimsuit to spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the Adriatic Sea from one island to another. Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the chef) take care of you. During the day you can swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. Evenings are at leisure to find a good restaurant or discover old churches or other historical monuments.
SOUTHERN PEARLS – SPLIT TO DUBROVNIK CRUISE – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS – PREMIUM
GRAND CITY PRAGUE TOUR
PRAGUE BEER AND CZECH TAPAS TOUR
Split / 8 Days-7 Nights / Katarina Line
Prague / Half-Day / Prague Sightseeing Tours
Prague / Urban Adventures
Explore the stunning Dalmatian coastline and islands on this one-way cruise departing from Split and ending in Dubrovnik. Spend your mornings admiring the spectacular scenery and swimming in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, and your afternoons and evenings exploring old historical towns and having fun ‘til the morning hours.
Explore the “Golden City” on this coach tour of scenic Prague’s most historic monuments. Discover the State Opera, the National Museum, and Wenceslas Square, and stroll the courtyard of Prague Castle. Travel across the Vltava to see the Old Town’s St. Nicholas Church and Tyn Cathedral, and marvel at the Old Town Hall’s astronomical clock.
This evening-long walking tour of Prague takes you to iconic bars, pubs, and a microbrewery. Learn why it’s arguably the best city in the world for drinking beer. Enjoy classic and uniquely Czech “tapas” and snacks such as pork chili and pickled sausage.
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THE GRAND MARK PRAGUE
HHHHH Czech Republic – Prague
A grand neoclassical hotel in the heart of Prague, this luxury property is ideal for exploring one of the world’s most charming cities. Refined guest rooms have marble baths and city views. Unwind with cigars, cognacs, liquors, and wines at the Cigar Bar. • 152 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge/cigar bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • indoor pool • spa/hydromassage tubs/sauna/ hammam • complimentary Wi-Fi
HOLIDAY INN KRAKOW CITY CENTRE
Czech Republic – Prague
Poland – Krakow
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this baroque former palace stands in the heart of the Prague City Center, a short walk from the Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square. Elegant guest rooms feature garden, atrium, or street views.
A landmark since 1887 and favorite of celebs and heads of state, this exceptional hotel in Krakow Old Town is within easy walking distance of the city’s historical sites. Plush guest rooms and suites feature traditional décor and furnishings, plus city views.
• 78 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/afternoon tea • concierge/ 24-hr room service • Spa Centre/24-hr fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 64 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge/café • concierge/24-hr room service/personal butlers available • sauna • art gallery/boutique • complimentary Wi-Fi
HOTEL EXCELSIOR DUBROVNIK
SUN GARDENS DUBROVNIK
Poland – Krakow
Croatia – Dubrovnik
Croatia – Dubrovnik
Set in a former 19th-century palace and adjacent modern towers, this deluxe hotel is just steps from the vast Main Square and other historic sites in Krakow’s Old Town. Step into contemporary-style guest rooms with the latest tech amenities and city views.
A favorite of celebs and heads of state, this landmark hotel combines a 1913 royal villa and sleek contemporary wing close to Dubrovnik’s ancient Old Town, a World Heritage Site. Guest rooms, most with balconies and sea views, feature contemporary décor.
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this exclusive minimalist-modern gem commands a hillside overlooking the Adriatic Sea just a few miles north of Dubrovnik. Retreat to spacious guest rooms opening to private balconies with sea views.
• 236 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/ wine tastings • concierge/ room service • Klinika LaPerla spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 158 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar/piano bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor freshwater pool • spa/fitness center/2 Jacuzzis/ steam bath/Roman bath/Finish sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 408 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/4 bars/pool bar & grill • concierge/room service • outdoor & indoor pools • The Spa Center/ fitness center/sauna/hammam • indoor-outdoor sports center/tennis • Marco Polo Kids Club
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), Kirkjufell, Iceland
DENMARK, SWEDEN & ICELAND SOME OF THE WORLD’S COOLEST PLACES ARE THE HOTTEST DESTINATIONS IN TRAVEL THE REGIONS
Denmark is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries, but it may well be the most fun. Copenhagen projects a cozy, inviting, small-town atmosphere where the pastries are sweeter, and life seems a little bit easier. Come for the stunning modern architecture, exciting nightlife, abundance of superb restaurants, and more than 50 fascinating museums.
In Denmark, Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian, and Cimber Air operate domestic routes, all of them either from or to Copenhagen Airport.
Fire up a snowmobile for a wild ride on the glistening ice and into the deep forests of the Luleå archipelago in Sweden’s northern wilderness.
In Sweden, domestic routes are served by SAS, Blekinge Flyg, Nextjet, Direktflyg, Norwegian, Malmö Aviation, and Gotlandsflyg.
Sweden Ice Hotel
Sweden Sweden’s many attractions range from historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites to the lure of modern art, literature, and music. Built on 14 islands around one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval city centers, Stockholm reveals stunning and extremely varied scenery in every direction – and boasts a lively after-dark scene.
Iceland Northern Lights, stark stunning vistas, an adventure sports playground, music and artworks on the cutting edge – with so many compelling attractions, Iceland has become one of the hottest vacation destinations on the planet. Cruise the friendly pubs and high-energy clubs of Reykjavík, trek the locations where Game of Thrones is filmed, and immerse yourself in otherworldly landscapes.
Iceland’s domestic air transport has been well developed to link the coastal towns; operators include Air Iceland, Eagle Air, Icelandair, and WOW Air.
Rail The primary Danish train system is DSB, with Arriva and other companies operating feeder and smaller rail lines. Most major lines in Sweden’s extensive railway network are run by the government-owned SJ.
Bus In Denmark, long-distance bus service is available between Jutland and Copenhagen, operated by Abildskou. In Sweden, there are a number of bus lines in the southern third of the country, plus service between Stockholm and Norrland. An extensive network of buses serves most parts of Iceland, though services are intermittent in the winter season and some routes are operated only in summer.
Spend a night in the IceHotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, where even the beds are fashioned from blocks of ice. Can you think of anything cooler?
Tivoli Gardens When the sun goes down, stroll Copenhagen’s fairy-lit Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, where roller coasters clack by as you hoist a stein at the open-air beer garden.
Game of Thrones Locations Even though it’s a fictional location, you can visit The Land Beyond the Wall – as it’s known in Game of Thrones. In real life, take a tour to Iceland’s Lake Myvatn, the otherworldly lava peaks at Dimmuborgi, and dreamy Grjotagja cave.
Blue Lagoon Go soak your head – and the rest of your body – in Iceland’s amazing Blue Lagoon, a man-made pool of superheated neon-blue water believed to have restorative effects.
DENMARK • SWEDEN • ICELAND: SIGHTSEEING • HOTELS GOLDEN CIRCLE – SELF DRIVE
ICELAND COMPLETE – CLASSIC CIRCLE TOUR – 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
NORTHERN LIGHTS BY BOAT TOUR
Reykjavík / 5 Days-4 Nights / Iceland Travel
Reykjavík / 9 Days-8 Nights / Iceland Travel
Reykjavik / 2.5 Hours / Special Tours Iceland
This popular self-drive tour focuses on the many star attractions of beautiful South Iceland, hitting all the major hot spots of the region, including the famous attractions of the Golden Circle, Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, and stunning black beaches. Between mid-September and mid- April, you’ll be able to search for the unforgettable Northern Lights.
This classic circle tour provides the perfect mix of culture and nature. Visit all Iceland’s main attractions along the Ring Road, escorted by a professional local guide. With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this bestselling tour highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes, and unique character of this unique country. This tour has been Iceland Travel’s bestseller for over a decade.
Hunting the Northern Lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik and seeing the aurora borealis out on the North Atlantic Ocean with beautiful mountains and the city in the background is something you won’t forget.
RING ROAD HIGHLIGHTS SELF DRIVE
COPENHAGEN MARRIOTT HOTEL
IMPERIAL HOTEL COPENHAGEN
HHHHH Reykjavík / 8 Days-7 Nights / Iceland Travel This best-selling classic circle tour allows you to travel along Iceland’s famous Ring Road and see all of the island country’s main attractions in one trip. Discover magical natural wonders, majestic landscapes, and the unique character for which Iceland is renowned. From mid-June throughout August you also have the opportunity of exploring the uninhabited interior of Iceland via the Kjölur highland track.
Denmark – Copenhagen
Denmark – Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens, the colorful Nyhavn, the “Little Mermaid” statue, and Europe’s longest pedestrian street are just a short stroll from this modern luxury hotel on Copenhagen’s waterfront. Large guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views to the horizon.
An easy walk from Tivoli Gardens and The Strøget shopping street, this downtown Copenhagen hotel is an excellent base for exploring this vibrant city. Modern Danish design courses through the guest rooms, which feature city views
• 401 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants (one seasonal)/bars • concierge/24-hr room service • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room/ solarium • shops • Internet Access
• 2 restaurants/lounge • concierge/room service • fitness center • bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Sweden – Stockholm Idyllically situated on the island of Södermalm, this posh hotel is an ideal base to explore the Old Town and meander around cobblestone streets and the Riddarjarden waterfront. Relish succulent cuisine and panoramic views at the restaurant. • 289 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • fitness center/exercise classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
HILTON REYKJAVIK NORDICA
HHHH Iceland – Reykjavik Set in Reykjavik’s city center, this stylish modern high-rise is a great base to discover both this surprising city and a thoroughly captivating countryside. Bright, spacious guest rooms feature hardwood floors, the latest tech gear, and great views. • 251 rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • room service • spa/24-hr fitness center/sauna/whirlpools • complimentary Wi-Fi
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